3. Finding Internationally Trained Workers
3.2.3 Temporary Foreign Worker Program and international students
Recruitment: Finding Internationally Trained Workers
Two Temporary Foreign Worker Programs allow you to hire international students to work in Canada.
Off-Campus Work Permit Program
The Off-Campus Work Permit Program allows certain foreign students to work off campus while completing their studies.
- To qualify, students must be enrolled at participating publicly funded post-secondary educational institutions or in approved programs at eligible privately funded institutions.
- Students must apply for and receive work permits before they can begin to work off campus.
- Work permits authorize students to work up to 20 hours a week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks such as summer holidays and spring break.
Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
Under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP), employers may hire international students who have graduated from participating Canadian post-secondary institutions.
- They can work up to three years, in jobs related to their fields of study, without the need for the employer to obtain an LMO.
- Graduated students who have worked under the PGWPP may be eligible for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class stream of immigration in section 3.2.4.
At a later date, if you choose to support your temporary foreign worker’s transition to permanent residence, you can improve his or her chances of having the application approved by applying for a labour market opinion from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.