A co-op placement or program involves working as part of your program of study. You may work on or off campus.
For example, you may be enrolled in a co-op degree program in environmental studies. This differs from the standard degree in environmental studies because it allows you to spend 3 or 4 months (or more) each year working in your field of study. It’s a great way to get hands-on professional experience in a Canadian work setting.
When you are part of a co-op program at a college or university, you can apply for a co-op work permit if:
- You have a valid study permit.
- Working is integrated into 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 are not eligible for a co-op work permit if you are studying:
- English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL)
- General interest courses
- Courses to prepare you for another study program
In the cases listed directly above, you need to get a valid work permit to work in Canada.