Top jobs for international students in Canada

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Teaching Assistants (TA)—Average pay: $23 CAD/hour

This is one of the simplest roles to acquire, as most TA positions are reserved for students. TA jobs are advantageous because they allow students to immerse themselves in their field of study and get teaching experience—especially valuable for those pursuing a career in academia.

Server/Bartender/Mixologist—Average pay: $16 CAD/hour + tips

For international students of age, serving/bartending allows for a great deal of flexibility in choosing work hours, while providing a serious earnings boost (depending on hours worked and the popularity of the workplace) because of tips.

Ride-share Driver—Average pay: $19 CAD/hour

Ride-sharing applications like Uber and Lyft are very popular in student hotspots (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, etc.).

Tutor—Average pay: $30 CAD/hour

Like TA positions, tutoring can be another great way for students to earn money during their studies.

Freelancer—Average pay: $23 CAD/hour

A broad job category that encompasses a wide range of occupations, being a freelancer can yield a wealth of opportunities for students

Resources to help with the search

  • LinkedIn
  • Indeed
  • Job bank.ca
  • Workopolis
  • TalentEgg
  • Magnet
  • LeapGard

Keep in mind

As international students work through their studies, there are three key factors, that should be paid close attention to pay, working conditions and immigration considerations.

On April 1, 2022, Canada voted to implement a new federal minimum wage policy, raising the national minimum wage to $15.55 CAD/hour, with the promise of adjustments based on inflation. International students should ensure (outside of specific employment arrangements like Co-op positions) that their wages are at least commensurate with this number.

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