Co-Op Work Permit

Many NorQuest College programs have a mandatory work-integrated learning component and/or a community service learning component. If you are in one of these programs, at some point in your studies you will be going on a practicum, co-op, or other work placement. International students are required to obtain a co-op work permit from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) prior to beginning the work-integrated learning or community service learning component of their program.

Learn more about working as a co-op student or intern.

In order to apply for your co-op work permit, you will need to provide a letter from NorQuest College which confirms that students in your program need to complete work and/or community service learning placements. See the instructions below regarding how to apply for your co-op work permit.

Applying from outside Canada

If your program includes a mandatory work placement and/or a community service learning component, you should apply for a co-op work permit at the same time that you apply for your study permit. Apply as soon as you receive your official Offer of Admission from the Office of the Registrar. Your Offer of Admission will confirm that your program has a mandatory work-integrated learning component. You will also need to provide a supporting letter to obtain your co-op work permit.

  1. Review the list below to find your starting term and program.
  2. Print the letter and submit it along with your study permit and co-op work permit application.

Applying from inside Canada

If you require a co-op work permit and you already have your study permit, you must apply for your co-op work permit as soon as possible (at least four months prior to the scheduled work placement or community service learning) in order to avoid any delays to your program of study.

  1. Review the list below to find your starting term and program.
  2. Print the letter and submit it along with your Enrolment Verification letter (available in MyQuest) as supporting documents when you apply for your co-op work permit.

Fall 2019 programs

Winter 2020 programs

Optional work courses

In some programs, work-integrated learning components are offered as elective courses. If you choose to enroll in an optional practicum, work-placement, community service learning, or co-op course, contact NorQuest International at least six months before your placement date to obtain the necessary documentation to apply for your co-op work permit.

Short-term programs

If you are taking a programs of six months or less in duration with a work-integrated learning and/or community service learning component, you must obtain both a study permit and a co-op work permit prior to the program start date.

Medical exams

If your placement is in a health sciences setting or requires you to work with children, you may need a medical exam in order to obtain your co-op work permit.

For more information, see medical exams for visitors, students, and workers.