Jobs You Can Do Without A Work Permit In Canada 2024

International students studying in Canada have an unprecedented opportunity to not only receive an education but also gain work experience. Although most forms of employment require a work permit, certain forms may not.

This article will describe jobs you can perform without needing a work permit in Canada to enhance both your skillset and income while studying.

Seasonal Agricultural Work

Canada has reciprocal agreements with some countries that allow seasonal agricultural workers to work in Canada without needing a work permit. According to the 2022 Seasonal Agricultural Worker Wages report by the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC), seasonal agricultural workers in Canada typically earn an average hourly wage of $15.60. British Columbia offers the highest average hourly pay at $17.80 while Quebec has one of the lowest at just over $14.00 per hour.

Part-Time Work (Up To 20 Hours Per Week)

An approved study permit entitles you to work off-campus up to 20 hours each week during the academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks. This provides access to various part-time job opportunities in retail, hospitality and more. The 2022 Off-Campus Work Wages report by CBIE found that hourly wages for this type of work average $14.50 across Canada. Ontario led with average hourly wages around $16.70 while New Brunswick lagged at $11.50.

Co-op and Internship Programs

If your study program includes a co-op or internship component, off-campus employment should be permitted without needing a work permit as long as it’s required by your program. According to a 2022 survey by the Canadian Association of Co-operative Education, co-op students across Canada average an hourly wage of $18.40. Ontario led at $21.00 while New Brunswick was among the lowest at $15.00 per hour.

Volunteer Work

Volunteer work can provide good experience while giving back to the community. No work permit is needed as long as your position does not directly compete with paid roles. Volunteers in Canada typically do not receive wages, however some organizations may provide reimbursements for expenses incurred while volunteering.


International students can engage in self-employment without needing a work permit as long as their business does not represent a significant source of income or include hiring other workers.

In summary, taking on jobs that don’t require work permits can open doors to invaluable work experience and income for international students in Canada.

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