Find out how to apply 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.
Before you apply
Before you apply for your Co-op Work Permit, you need a confirmation letter. You can request a "co-op confirmation letter" from your program's contact.
Chiu School of Business
Contact our Student Engagement Officers.
School of Health and Wellness
School of Community Studies
How to Apply
• Online through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website
- Create MyCIC account and follow the instructions.
• In person at a Visa Application Centre (VAC)
• By mail to the appropriate visa office
Download the paper application in the "Apply on paper" section of the IRCC website
Note for Early Childhood Education and Development students
You 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. Please contact Poonam Dhami for more guidelines.