Working in Canada

Overview

Toronto is home to most of Canada’s major employers in financial services, tourism, fashion, software development, manufacturing, communications, entertainment, design and health services. For example, GM, Ford, IBM, TD Bank, and the Toronto Stock Exchange all have their offices in and around Toronto. The city and the College offer you unparalleled opportunities to gain valuable work experience with leading employers while attending college and after graduation.

Field Education

Many employers look for real world work experience when hiring new graduates and this is where George Brown can give you a competitive edge in the job market. Most of our programs have a field education component, which means you have a valuable opportunity to work and learn with industry partners that may become your future employer.

Early Childhood Development students work alongside childcare experts in one of nine of the College’s own daycare centres. Many of our Hospitality students do their externships in global hotel chains located just blocks from the College.

Co-Operative Education (Co-Op) is an important component of many of the programs in our Centre for Business, where students spend at least one full-time, four-month paid or unpaid work term in a job related to their field of study. For more information, visit georgebrown.ca/coop

Co-ops, externships, internships, field education and practicums – all of these ultimately mean one thing: gaining valuable work experience as part of your program.

International students who are undertaking any kind of field education (co-op, externship, practicum, clinical, etc.), regardless of length, must have a valid co-op work permit. You can submit this application at the same time as your study permit application. For more information, please visit CIC’s website at: cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp

Working During Your Studies

As a George Brown student, you may be eligible to work both, on- or off-campus. To qualify, you must have a valid Study Permit and be registered full-time in a certificate, diploma or degree granting program of at least six months in duration. You can work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks. You do not need a work permit; however you must have a Social Insurance Number that you can apply for after you arrive in Canada.

Working After You Graduate

You are also permitted to work and earn income for up to 3 years in Canada after graduation. You will need to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit to do so. Toronto offers one of the most vibrant and diverse employment markets in Canada for you to add North American employment experience to your resume. For more information, please visit CIC’s website at: cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp

Career Services

Gaining the necessary skills and knowledge is key to getting the job — but is not enough by itself. That’s where George Brown’s Career Services department comes in, with free services to help you sharpen your job-hunting skills. From career workshops to an online job board (gbcareers.georgebrown.ca) to individual consultations with an advisor, Career Services is here to help you succeed. For more information, visit georgebrown.ca/careerservices
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