Co-op Work Permit
If work experience is included as part of your program curriculum, you need to apply for a co-op work permit. A co-op work permit allows students to work full-time during regular academic terms. You must have a co-op work permit and a Social Insurance Number before you start your co-op. You also need to meet the college co-op program criteria before you may start your co-op.
You may apply for a co-op work permit in two ways:
- With your initial Study Permit (recommended)
- You may upload your POA document as your “School Letter” to the IRCC portal. You may be given a Co-op permit at the border with your Study Permit.
- In Canada after you receive your Study Permit approval and have started your program.
- It is a free application, and you may contact the international student advisor to request a School Letter to support your application. Please allow time for processing.
- It is recommended to apply for a co-op work permit at least 3-4 months before your co-op term starts.
You may not start your co-op position without a valid co-op work permit. In Canada, you also need a Social Insurance Number to work.
After you get your co-op permit, it is your responsibility to ensure that your co-op opportunity meets all the compliance requirements. The regulatory requirements are:
- Full time (30+ hours/ week)
- Must be registered in co-op course
- Co-op duration must be approximately equal to the academic term duration