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Co-op Work Permit

A Co-op Work Permit is a type of work permit that is required for students who have a co-op, placement, or internship as a mandatory requirement of their program.

A Co-Op Work Permit is required when your co-op, placement, or internship will exceed beyond the 20 hours of work students are permitted to do during their studies. 

Your Program Coordinator will be able to confirm exact placement hours per week, and the hours needed to complete your placement. 

Receive your Co-op Work Permit upon entry to Canada

In your Letter of Acceptance package, you will receive a letter regarding your co-op work permit information. We recommend you show this letter to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer when you are first entering Canada. The CBSA officer can issue your Co-op Work Permit at the same time as your Study Permit.

Receive your Co-op Work Permit upon entry to Canada

In your Letter of Acceptance package, you will receive a letter regarding your co-op work permit information. We recommend you show this letter to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer when you are first entering Canada.The CBSA officer can issue your Co-op Work Permit at the same time as your Study Permit.

What is a co-op work permit?

An international student who is studying in Canada and doing co-op work placements or internships as part of your study program. Some programs include work experience as part of their curriculum. You may apply for a co-op or intern work permit if:

  • you have a valid study permit
  • working is required to complete your study program in Canada
  • you have a letter from your school that confirms all students in your program need to complete work placements to get their degree
  • your co-op or internship is 50% or less of the total program of study

You may have received a Co-op Work Permit when you entered Canada. Please check if you did before submitting an application.

Co-op Work Permits may not be required for all placements depending on the amount of hours. If you are unsure, check with the international office. For more support and information on how to apply for a Co-op Work Permit, visit the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada website.

What is the difference between a co-op work permit and a work permit as a student?

Co-Op:

Some study programs include work experience as part of their curriculum. You can apply for a co-op or intern work permit if:

  • you have a valid study permit
  • work is required to complete your study program in Canada
  • you have a letter from your school that confirms all students in your program need to complete work placements to get their degree, and
  • your co-op placement or internship totals 50% or less of your study program

Work Permit:

Work” is defined in the Regulations as an activity for which wages are paid or commission is earned, or that competes directly with activities of Canadian citizens or permanent residents in the Canadian labour market.