Working In Canada

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  • George Brown’s location in the downtown core means that you’re surrounded by employers and opportunity.

    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, Pinterest, Snapchat, TD Bank, and the Toronto Stock Exchange all have their offices in and around Toronto.

    Toronto and George Brown offer you unparalleled opportunities to gain valuable work experience with leading employers while being a student and after graduation.

    Toronto is one of the world’s most multicultural cities and is home to world-class art galleries, museums, theatres, restaurants and sports centres which all present unique employment opportunities. Toronto’s community includes over 90 ethnic groups originating from over 169 countries speaking over 100 languages.

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    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 the Co-Operative Education page.

    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 the IRCC’s (formerly CIC) website at:

    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

    International students are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit that is valid from 8 months to up to three (3) years, depending on the duration of the academic program successfully completed.  Please check with the IRCC (formerly CIC) to confirm eligibility. For more information, please visit

    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 ( to individual consultations with an advisor, Career Services is here to help you succeed. For more information, visit

    NOTE: This information has been reviewed by a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA). However, immigration policies can change without notice. Students are solely responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regulations at all times during their studies and while in Canada, including any medical or study and work permit-related requirements. For the most up to date information, please refer to the IRCC website directly at IRCC webpage or consult the IRCC Contact Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to confirm or clarify immigration-related information and requirement.