Applying For A Co-Op Work Permit

If your program includes a work experience/practicum/co-op/clinical/preceptorship, it is strongly recommended to apply for Co-Op work permit at the same time as you apply for your initial study permit.

If your program includes a work experience/practicum/co-op/clinical/preceptorship and you are working in a health related field or working with children, you need to get a medical exam done by a designated physician.

You must hold a valid Co-Op permit before you start your practicum. We suggest applying several months before your start date. Check processing timelines.

Note: Your Co-Op work permit is not valid after the end date on your study permit.


How To Apply For A Co-Op Work Permit

Before you apply for your Co-op Work Permit you need to:

Recommended Options

  • Online through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website
  • Create IRCC secure account and follow the instructions

Alternate Options

Download the paper application in the "Apply On Paper" section of the IRCC website.

Note: Early Childhood Education and Development students need to wait for your Co-Op Work Permit to start your program work experience. What if you don't have your permit? Contact the practicum instructor or coordinator for more guidelines.



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