How to work while studying in Canada

How to work while studying in Canada


Canada is a country full of world class academic institutions, but it also has tremendous economic potential. As such, working while attending university is feasible and ultimately beneficial. However, it can be difficult to understand how to work while studying in Canada from a visa perspective, and also from a work/school/life balance perspective.


Visa Requirements

You might be wondering, does my study visa prevent me from working while studying in Canada? The answer is: mostly no. You don’t need a work permit to work on or off campus if you are enrolled full-time at a recognized institution. However, if you have a mandatory work placement or co-op through the program, you will indeed need a work permit.


You can consult our Visa consultant on more details on how to get either a study permit or a work permit.


Another restriction is, if you get your study permit after June 1st, it will indicate whether or not you’re eligible to work off campus. If you’re eligible, you’re limited to working 20 hours a week while your program is in session, or full-time during the breaks in the academic year.

For more information on applying for a study permit, please consult this website. Additionally, we strongly recommend consulting our Visa consultant at


Managing life/work while studying in Canada

Now, if you’re eligible to work in Canada while studying, then you need to know how to work while studying in Canada on top of maintaining your grades.

Here are a few tips on how to balance it all.


Use a calendar tool

Whether it’s Google Calendar or Outlook Calendar, use something where you keep track of all your time. This might be the simplest and most important thing to help you work while studying in Canada. As uncool as it may seem, we also recommend including all your personal appointments in the calendar. This ensures you never double book yourself. While some people may prefer a paper agenda, we suggest the electronic version for a few reasons:

  • If you lose a hard copy, it’s the end of the world.
  • E-version can be synced across numerous devices (phone, tablet, computer, etc.).
  • You receive alerts across all those devices.


Take a job with defined hours

As nice as it is to have flexible work hours, they often make it more of a challenge to commit to certain plans. With set hours, you know what you’ll be working on and when, and therefore minimize surprises. Sometimes flexibility can be your worst nightmare. In addition, try to secure a job that doesn’t require you to “bring your work home with you.” This ensures your time is fully segmented which allows your mind to focus on the task at hand rather than trying to juggle work and school within the same time frame.


Plan for leisure

Sometimes when you are juggling work and school, leisure and fun are an aftereffect. The problem with that is leisure is required for good mental health. Therefore, even if it will take up some time, it will result in better work products and a healthier mind. As such, make sure you schedule in your leisure time otherwise your calendar will likely keep getting booked up.


Plan for study

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


Monitor your stress levels

It’s possible due to work and school you get too stressed out. Monitor that and push back on your work hours if you have to. Keep in mind you are there to study first, and work second. Unless there is a financial imperative, make sure your studies come first, and offload some hours if you can.


Plan for your career

This is easier said than done, but don’t get a job simply for the sake of getting a job. Try to get a job that will not only give you money today, but will help give you money in the future by developing a strong resume now. This isn’t always possible but sometimes it’s worth taking a financial hit to get a better job. Again, unless there is a financial imperative, this is probably the most important consideration with regards to work while studying in Canada.

Why and how to study in Ontario

Why and how to study in Ontario


Canada is full of terrific provinces and territories to study in. British Columbia offers beautiful weather and scenery, Nova Scotia has a unique charm, and Saskatchewan provides a cost effective education. While these are only three of the Canadian provinces, these are some of the many reasons why students should study in Canada. However, Ontario specifically has huge economic potential and a diverse range of institutions. These institutions accommodate the various needs and interests of incoming international students. If you’re on the fence of whether or not you should choose Ontario as your destination, here’s why you should. Further, if you already have your sights set, here is how to study in Ontario!


University of Toronto


Why Ontario?


Cities and economy

Ontario is the largest province in Canada with almost 14 million residents who represent over a third of the country’s population. It’s two largest cities are Toronto and Ottawa. Toronto is the capital of Ontario and also the largest city in Canada, whereas Ottawa is the country’s capital. These two markets alone represent most major employers in Canada outside the oil and gas industry. Toronto specifically hosts many technology and retail companies, along with most major banks. Moreover, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is home to many other businesses headquartered in cities such as Mississauga, Hamilton and Oakville. Ottawa, on the other hand, is home to many government jobs. However it too has a technology hub located in the west-end of the city.

As it shows, the labour market for educated students is very healthy. Ontario also has the third lowest unemployment rate of any province in Canada. In fact, the central province has one of the lowest income tax rates in all of Canada!



Ontario has a large range of institutions. Students can find intimate universities like Nipissing University, medium institutions like Queen’s University, large ones like Western University, and huge ones like University of Toronto. Not only is there a wide variety to accommodate different interests, Ontario also has some of the best institutions in the entire world, not just in the country.

University of Toronto and University of Waterloo are consistently ranked very highly for a number of programs such as engineering and architecture. Conversely, McMaster University has one of the best Health Science programs in North America. Some students may even consider University of Ottawa as it’s the largest English/French bilingual university in the world. These are just some examples of the wonderful institutions Ontario has to offer, and why students should study in the province.


How to study in Ontario

If you’re convinced Ontario is the right Canadian province for you, here’s how to study in Ontario.


University of Ottawa



To apply to study in Ontario, students can register with Overseas Gateway and apply to multiple schools directly with a just a single application. Different requirements are necessary for schools in Ontario depending on where you are travelling from and what school you’re applying to. It’s also important to consider the type of program you are applying for as this too may affect your requirements. Programs with specific guidelines may include medicine, law, teacher’s college or rehab sciences.


Student visa

If you are an international student, it’s necessary to apply for a student visa. This allows you to enter Canada as a student, and must be obtained prior to your travels. You must be a full-time student at a recognized institution in Canada. To find out if your institution is recognized, please refer to IRCC’s Designated Learning Institution(DLI) list. When applying for the student visa, it’s important to submit a study plan. This gives the Visa Officer who is reviewing your application an understanding as to why you’d like to pursue your education in Canada. For helpful tips and tricks on how to write an strong study plan, read this blog post. Finally, it’s important to recognize not all student visa applications receive the shiny approval stamp. While you prepare your application, it’s we encourage you to familiarize yourself with common reasons behind Canadian visa rejections.

Please contact our visa consultant for more information on how to study in Ontario.

Living in Canada

As an international student, you may face a number of challenges. You’ll have to learn to adjust to the Canadian lifestyle, you’ll have to find a place to live, and you’ll have to make new friends. The good thing is, you aren’t doing this alone. All international students face similar challenges and adjust quickly. It’s an exciting experience and truly gives you a new outlook on life.

Northern College: All new study permits must defer to Jan/May 2019


The following message came from Northern College’s India Office, which means it applies to students from India only.

Please be advised that Northern College will not accepting any new student permits for their September 2018 intake. They are at maximum capacity for every program, so they will be defering all new study permits to January or May 2019.

University of Regina: New IELTS requirements for Indian students

Please be advised that there has been a recent change in the English requirement for students from India.

As of October 1st, 2018students from India must meet the general ELP (English Language Proficiency) requirements to obtain final acceptance to the University of Regina. The general ELP requirements can be found here on the University’s official website.

Please rest assured that if a student does not have the English qualifications, you can still apply. In that case, the International Enrolment Services office will issue a conditional letter of acceptance if the student is academically admissible. Once the student meets the English requirement, they will need to provide proof of English Proficiency in order to obtain a final letter of acceptance.

Program selection: How to choose the right program for you

Choosing your profession isn’t easy, especially when you’re looking at a program internationally. It’s an investment, so you want to ensure you select what’s right for you. There are many factors to consider from courses, to the school, its location and cost. You’re likely to spend hours on Google’s search bar wondering what to do, where to go and if your chosen school will be a good fit.

No one can really give you the right answer, however it’s possible to narrow your options and reduce the overwhelming feeling you may experience throughout your search. Though it may not seem like it, this is a very exciting part of your student life. You’re about to embark on a completely new journey and perhaps open the door to a career you’ll be in for the next while.



Preliminary Steps


1. What interests you? What do you like to do? Why do you want to do this? What do you want to get out of your education? These are some questions to help jumpstart your thinking process. You need to have a clear idea of what your goals are. This will help you narrow down your search. If you’re truly unsure, the worst thing to do is rush into your post-secondary education. Be sure to properly evaluate your wants and needs.


2. Where do you want to pursue your international education? Surely there are certain countries you’d prefer to study in over others. Are you looking for an English speaking country? Would you like to practice your French language? Looking into school locations is an important part of your search, and again, will narrow your search.


3. How do you plan to pay for your education? Do you need to look into financial aids such as scholarships? What is your budget? Cost is an important factor in selecting your school and program of choice. There are hundreds of scholarships available to students, however you must look for them and see which apply to you.


Overseas Gateway’s Step-by-Step Guide


1. Check your eligibility

The first step will help determine what schyools you are eligible to apply to. Here, you must choose your country of nationality, submit your most recent grades, provide your highest level of education, share your associated grading scheme and the education institution used, and finally, enter the grade average received at your highest level of education.

In addition to submitting the above information, you’ll have to enter your completed English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS). The final step to complete your eligibility is to pick the disciplines you’re most interested in.


2. Find your desired program

All the schools and programs you are eligible for will be displayed in this next step. Here is your chance to look through your options and see what meets your wants and needs. You’ll have access to the tuition cost, application fee, length of study, admission requirements and more!


3. Find your desired school

At this time you can review all schools presented to you in Step 2 in greater depth. Here is where you discover information about the school’s location, features, most popular disciplines, history and more.


4. Narrow down program and school results by applying filters

To narrow down your options even more, you can apply various filters, such as schools in “Canada”, “USA” or both. You can even get as specific as displaying schools in specific provinces or states. Perhaps you have a certain price range for tuition; you’re able to adjust the price range to focus on programs and schools that fit within your budget.


5. When you’re ready, apply and review your applications

Once you’ve selected your desired school and program, go ahead and apply.


6. Complete your profile

Ensure all details in your Overseas  Gateway profile are filled including your general information, education history, emergency contact, test scores and background information.


7. Pay the application fees and submit your application

Pay your application fee through one of four methods: credit card, PayPal, bank transfer or MoneyGram.


Note: Steps five to seven apply to you when you have chosen your dream school and are ready to apply.


Remember, the decision you make isn’t permanent. If it happens to be a bad fit, or you discover a program of better interest to you, you can change! You must always put yourself first, and select something you will enjoy.