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Working in Canada

Work while you study

To work part-time (off-campus) while studying, your study permit must contain the condition that authorizes you to be employed. If it doesn’t, you can either apply to renew or amend your study permit.

You can work:

  • up to 20 hours per week during academic sessions.
  • full-time during regularly scheduled academic breaks.
  • on campus in addition to working off campus.

You must:

  • have started your program of study to be eligible to work.
  • maintain full-time academic status, except during the final term of study.

Note: You need a co-op work permit to complete your NSCC program; your study permit only authorizes you to work jobs not connected with your studies.

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Work in Nova Scotia after graduation

Upon graduation, many students are eligible to work in Canada. Explore career and employment services.

Post-Graduation Work Permit

Upon graduation, many students are eligible to work in Canada under the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP). To be eligible for the PGWPP, you must:

  • have a valid study permit.
  • have studied full-time and completed a program that was a minimum of eight months long.
  • apply for the PGWPP within 180-days of receiving written confirmation (a transcript or an official letter) from NSCC indicating that you’ve met the requirements for graduation and are eligible to obtain your diploma or certificate.

The maximum length of this work permit is three years; however, your PGWPP will be based on your length of studies.

  • If the official length of your program of study is less than two years but more than eight months, you may get a work permit for a period no longer than the length of your program of study (for example, if you studied for nine months, a work permit may be issued for a period of nine months).
  • If the official length of your program of study is two years or more, a work permit may be issued for three years.

If you have questions about the PGWPP, view the Post Graduate Work Permit Application (PDF 246KB).

Nova Scotia Nominee Program

If your skills and experience match our province’s needs, you’ll have a fast-tracked opportunity to immigrate after graduation. Learn about the Nova Scotia Nominee Program.