Find out how to apply for a co-op work permit

If your program includes a work experience/practicum/co-op/clinical/preceptorship/capstone project, 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.

Before you apply

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


How to Apply

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

Frequently Asked Questions

International students would be required to hold a valid Co-op Work Permit. You could request it at the same time you apply for your study permit. You can read more details here.

The Off-Campus Work Permit and the co-op Work Permit are not the same type of document. Most international students are required to hold a valid co-op Work Permit at the moment they start their work experience. Read more about it here

It is illegal to work without the required work permit. 

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