The Regulations also allow full-time students pursuing an academic, professional or vocational training program at a designated learning institution to work off-campus without a work permit. Off-campus work is allowed for up to 20 hours per week during the regular academic session and full time during regularly scheduled academic breaks. This represents time and cost savings to students who no longer need to apply and pay for a separate work permit and for CIC, as officers will no longer process off-campus work permit applications. This amendment replaces the existing program design, which requires study permit holders to wait six months after beginning their program of study before applying separately for an off-campus work permit.
Furthermore, in order to facilitate the transition to post-graduation work, these study permit holders may also work full time upon completion of their degree, diploma or certificate if an application has been made for a work permit prior to the expiration of their study permit and until a decision on the work permit has been made.
The effects of these amendments will be to exclude those students undertaking English or French as a second language (ESL/FSL) programs, or general interest or preparatory courses from the authorization to work under the off-campus work permit exemption or under the co-op work permit program.