- Identity documents
Birth certificate, marriage certificate, and passport.
It is important to note that even if you plan to work while studying in Canada, you will still need to demonstrate sufficient financial resources when you apply for a study permit. This means you have to show you have enough money to support yourself during your studies without working.
Anticipated future earnings will not suffice when demonstrating sufficient financial resources, so the fact that you may plan to be working while studying in Canada will not satisfy the condition to prove financial capacity before arrival.
Your study permit will state whether you are permitted to work in Canada and the conditions of employment. This statement enables you to apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) from Service Canada; obtaining a SIN is a key requirement before you can begin working while studying in Canada.
You cannot work in Canada unless otherwise authorized to do so if your study program is less than six months in duration, or if you are enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) or French as a Second Language (FSL) program. Additionally, visiting or exchange students at a DLI are not permitted to work while studying in Canada.
Getting A Job
Getting a job should not be all that hard as employers are always keen to employ students in various fields and pay them well. However, before seeking that desired job you are required to work on your CV and cover letter and get the best out of it to have a higher chance of securing a job for yourself.
Make sure your resume is up to date and formatted for the expectations of Canadian employers. Your cover letter is your chance to reveal your personality and achievements.
Write a tailored cover letter for each position, highlighting how you fit the precise criteria they’re looking for. If you’re applying online the cover letter can form your introductory email, to which you attach your resume as a PDF.
Locations To Search for a Job
There are several places you can start looking for jobs. Websites such as Indeed, Monster, and Craigslist have hundreds of postings for part-time employment. Your city or town may have its own portal for jobs, such as at recreation centers, libraries, or in administration.
You could also walk around your neighborhood and see if shops or restaurants are advertising in the window for employees. If you try this method, take paper copies of your resume with you, and wear smart clothes appropriate to business (for example a collared shirt, and avoid blue jeans), and know your availability.
If somewhere looks promising, feel free to ask to speak to someone about the position. This is a great opportunity to make a good first impression face-to-face and could turn into an on-the-spot job interview.
Many employers in Canada pay employees by direct debit, straight into your bank account. Consequently, it is important to have a bank account set up and have the details of your account available so that your employer can pay you.
Working while studying in Canada can be rewarding beyond the wage you earn. Graduating from a university or college in Canada with additional work experience could make you stand out from the crowd during your job hunt. Whether you’re aiming to stay in Canada or work elsewhere after graduation, Canadian work experience can be a valuable asset to your future goals.