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Some Nigerians moving to Canada recently are interested in permanent residency. The study route is one of the fastest and easiest ways to migrate to Canada. Although tuition fees are not as high as in the USA and the UK, some Nigerians still struggle to pay these fees, and some opt out to work and support themselves while studying in Canada. As a student in Canada, you can only work for 20 hours per week and anything more than this might result in losing your student visa. However, a recent temporary policy implemented by the Canadian government allows eligible international students to work up to 40 hours per week until April 30, 2024. Read more here.

Canada boasts a wealth of world-class academic institutions and excellent career opportunities. As a result, many post-secondary students work while studying. However, navigating the regulations regarding international students’ working hours in Canada while also understanding and adhering to the stipulations of your study permit can be a complex task. We have curated some key points to help you achieve a healthy work, school, and personal life balance.

Work While Studying in Canada FAQs

Can I Work While Studying in Canada?

Yes! You do not need a separate work permit if you are enrolled full-time at a designated learning institution (DLI) and meet all eligibility criteria. However, your study permit must explicitly state the authorization for on-campus and off-campus work.

How many hours can I work as an International student in Canada?

In the past, international students could only work 20 hours per week while classes were in session and full-time (up to 40 hours per week) during school breaks, like the Christmas holidays. However, a recent temporary policy implemented by the Canadian government allows eligible international students to work up to 40 hours per week, regardless of their academic schedule. This policy is currently in effect until April 30, 2024.

Important note: This temporary policy only applies to students who submitted their study permit applications on or before October 7, 2022. Students who applied before or after this period are still subject to the 20-hour limit during academic terms.

Complete Guide To Become a Canadian Permanent Resident in 2024… Read more

Must I Apply for a Co-op Work Permit?

Under a temporary public policy valid until April 30, 2024, students with co-ops or work placements through their study programs may not need a co-op work permit. Other eligibility conditions may apply.

Work-Life Balance while Studying in Canada

If you are a student and meet the eligibility criteria to work in Canada, you should balance your work and studies effectively. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance has become even more essential as international students work longer hours in Canada. Here are a few tips to help you achieve this balance.

Time Management Tool

Staying organized while juggling studies and work is crucial. Digital Tool: your ultimate planning companion! Beyond tracking classes and work hours, include all your appointments to avoid scheduling conflicts (no double bookings, please!).

While some may feel nostalgic for paper planners, here is why electronic versions are game-changers:

  • No more lost notes: Paper agendas vanish, but your digital calendar stays safe and sound, even if your phone takes an accidental dive.
  • Sync across all devices: Stay on top of things on the go. Your electronic calendar seamlessly syncs across your phone, tablet, and computer, ensuring you are always in the know.
  • Get instant reminders: Never miss a beat with timely notifications across all your devices.

So, embrace the digital universe and let your calendar tool be your key to a smoothly balanced student-worker life!

Consider taking a job with defined hours.

Having flexible work hours is good, but it can make it challenging to commit to plans. With set hours, you know what you will be working on and when which minimizes surprises. Moreover, try to find a job that does not require you to work at home. It ensures that your time is segmented, allowing you to focus on your school tasks without juggling work and school within the same time frame.

Create Time for Leisure

When juggling work and school, it is easy to overlook having fun. However, taking time to enjoy leisure activities is crucial for maintaining good mental health. Making time for leisure may seem counterintuitive, but it can result in better coursework and a healthier mind. 

Plan for Study

Similarly, use your calendar tool to ensure you schedule some study time because otherwise, that leisure time might also begin to interrupt your study time. Remember: the calendar is your buddy.

Keep an eye on your Stress Level.

Due to work and school, you can get too stressed out. Monitor that and push back on your work hours if you have to. Remember, you are there to study first and work second. Unless there is a financial imperative, your studies come first. 

Plan for Your Career

The goal should not only be to get a job, as this may not help you in the future. Instead, aim to find a job that can provide you with both immediate financial benefits and long-term advantages, such as a strong resume. While this is not always feasible, taking a short-term financial hit in return for a better job may be worthwhile. Unless you are in a dire financial situation, choosing a job that can benefit you in the future should be your top priority when studying in Canada.

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