Work in Canada

Work in Canada: By working while studying in Canada, you get a great job experience especially if you have plans of applying for PR (permanent residence) ultimately.

Work in Canada

On the Canadian student visa, you have the permission of working for 20 hours/week in a paid job. However this is the maximum number of hours, and you are free to work for a lesser number of hours. Usually, those students enrolled in difficult or intensive courses are recommended by the universities to work for a maximum of 12 hours a week. This is because working for more than this number can affect a student’s performance in studies. So you can reduce the number of working hours if you feel you are unable to maintain a work-study-life balance. (Read Average Living Cost Canada)

How to find a part-time job

All colleges and universities have bulletin boards where on-campus job openings are advertised. There will also be websites carrying information about similar job openings.

You can work in cafes, restaurants, and coffee shops; retail stores like clothing or sports goods stores; lifeguard or swimming instructor at a college swimming pool or beach; bookstores, library, etc. If you are multilingual, you can work as a translator. As Canada is a multicultural society, the services of a translator are widely required.

Monetary Pay

Usually, for part-time jobs, students are paid by hours. The rate of pay is around $10 an hour, on average. If your aim is only to gain work experience, like helping your professor with research work, then you don’t need a work permit. This kind of work has to be on-campus and will be paid less; you can work beyond the stipulated number of hours. So with just the student visa, you can still engage in academic work on-campus.

If an international student wishes to work off-campus, he can do apply for an off-campus work permit after completing six months of study. That permit will allow the student to work for a maximum of 20 hours/week off-campus.

Post Study Work Permit in Canada

Getting a Post-Graduation Work Permit while studying in Canada (called PGWP) depends a lot on your course and its duration. A work permit under the PGWP is usually issued for the length of the study program. The maximum length of the post-work permit is of three years. It means if your post-graduate course’s duration is two years, you get a three-year PGWP visa. A post-graduation work permit cannot be valid for longer than the student’s study program. The course duration must be a minimum of eight months in length.

The PGWP allows international students graduating from a participating post-secondary college/university to gain Canadian work experience. In the long run, Canadian work experience gained through PGWP helps international graduates qualify for PR (permanent residence) in Canada through Express Entry.

Most Popular and Highest Paying Job Sectors in Canada

When you are looking for jobs in Canada, you must be sure that the prospective job will provide you with good money and a relative amount of job security. For international students these criteria are the most important as in case you decide to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) in the future, you need to have a strong case which is reflected in the kind of job you hold. Since the population of Canada is sparse in a certain area, the Canadian economy is dependent on immigrants and foreign nationals to make up for the lack of manpower.

Sales Representative: Every business needs people for sales. This is one of the most sought-after jobs right now in Canada. The pay ranges between $52,000 and $62,000 a year for junior positions.
Financial Managers and Accountants – This sector has an unemployment rate of less than half of the Canadian average. This sector is doubly attractive for international students as if you have knowledge of foreign finance and are fluent in a foreign language, then being a financial manager will provide you a potentially high-flying international career.
Skilled Workers – This sector doesn’t provide you with an office job but provides a salary that pays above the national average. In Canada, there has always been a shortage of skilled workers in the service, construction, transportation, and manufacturing sectors. It is projected that in the next two decades, 40% of new jobs will be in the skilled trades and technologies sector.
Software and Mobile Application Developers – Many Canadian companies hire third parties to develop mobile software and apps for them. Unlike other popular job sectors, this is a comparatively young industry with new job openings created regularly. According to, mobile app developers’ base median salary is about $91,000 per year.
Registered Nurses – Demand for Registered Nurses is expected to increase over the next five years. This sector has always been popular with Pakistani students and the healthcare industry is growing faster than other job sectors. If you’re looking for more flexibility, you can consider contract nursing with international and traveling positions.
Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counsellors – Currently, this sector has a low unemployment rate, so coming prospects appear to be good. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada estimates that in the next five years, there will be more jobs in these sectors than there will be job seekers. Since the wages are increasing at a faster rate every year than in many other industries, this sector is very attractive.

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