Coop work permit
International students following study programs in Canada that require a co-op internship program or work placement may apply for a co-op work permit. International students pursuing a study program at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada that requires a mandatory work placement or internship must apply for a co-op work permit in addition to a Canadian Study Permit. The co-op work permit is a different work permit, unrelated to the sanction to work part-time that is generally included in Canadian study permits. It is vital to note that a person applying for a co-op work permit must hold a valid study permit.
The co-op work permit may only be used for employment that is necessary to the program of study. Any other work undertaken by an international student — including an internship or work placement at an organization unrelated to the educational establishment, which does not give credit for the study program — is covered by the work authorization related to the study permit. Any international student unsure of whether he or she needs a co-op work permit is advised to consult his or her program adviser.