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:
- You'll need it to apply for a Co-op Work Permit.
- You need to request “co-op supporting letter” from the records team (firstname.lastname@example.org)
How to Apply
• Online through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website
- Create IRCC secure account and follow the instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is a practicum/Co-op Work Experience component on my program, do I need a work permit to be able to start my practicum?
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.