Canadian Co-op Work Permit

Do you want skills for you future?
Do you want to receive Canadian work experience ?
Do you want to make some money to help your costs ?

If you answered yes to any or all of these then look no further. Canada offers international full-time students this opportunity through its “Co-op Work/Study” program. Co-op Work/Study is a program that integrates paid work experience with full-time studies. Students alternate work and studies throughout their four to five years of study.

Work experience may be a required component of certain programs of study and will require a work permit. You are permitted to accept employment either on or off campus for a co-op, internship or professional experience.

To be eligible for this work permit you must:

have a valid study permit
obtain a letter from your faculty indicating that employment is an integral part of your degree program.
For this type of work permit, the University of Toronto will be listed as the employer and the expiry date should match the study permit.

The Co-op work Permit is fee-exempt so there will be no processing fee required.

Why is the Co-op Work/Study Program Right for You?

  • Co-op work/study students are paid during their work term to help offset the cost of tuition.
  • Co-op work/study provides career-related work experience that extends the learning process beyond the limitation of the classroom.
  • The work experience students acquire through co-op work/study is of value in obtaining their first full-time job after graduation.
  • Participation in co-op work/study leads to a higher rate of pay after graduation.
  • Co-op work/study students understand more about the expectations and requirements of their professional field and career opportunities.
  • Co-op work/study students evaluate and assess the suitability of their career choice before entering the work force on a full-time basis.

Added Advantages of Participating

Upon completion of a Co-op Program, it is expected that students will have:

  • Integrated classroom theory with workplace practice and increased their academic motivation as a result;
  • Developed greater clarity regarding their academic and career goals, as well as personal strengths and weaknesses and preferences
  • Developed critical workplace professional and employment readiness skills, as well as the skills identified in any institution or University .
    • Acquisition, application and integration of knowledge
    • Research skills, including the ability to define problems and access, retrieve and evaluate information (information literacy)
    • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
    • Interpersonal and communication skills
    • Responsible behaviour to self, others and society
    • Teamwork, personal and group leadership skills
    • Creativity and aesthetic appreciation
    • The ability and desire for continuous learning
  • Developed a greater understanding of workplace culture
  • Developed an understanding of employee health & safety information for young workers entering the workforce in order to be aware of the employee’s rights and responsibilities, as well as those of the employer.
  • Created networks of contacts in their chosen career field, and maintained these networks as appropriate
  • Made an effective contribution in the workplace
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