Study Permit Or Work Permit in Quebec: The Need To Knows

When you relocate to Quebec with a work permit or study permit, you will find yourself reading pages of rules that apply to your visa, and possibly questioning what you are allowed to do while that permit is valid.

There are so many formalities that come with permits, so we have put together a beginner’s  list of things you should definitely know about your study permit or work permit in Quebec.

There are many similarities between the two. For both you’ll need to adhere to the conditions laid out by the visa and have a Certificat d’Acceptation du Québec (CAQ, Québec Acceptance Certificate). Both permits have fees attached. The differences really lie in the hard fact that one permit is strictly for employment, while the other is strictly for education.

Keep in mind that depending on your country of origin, for both a study permit and a work permit in Quebec, you may also need a temporary residence visa.

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Study Permit in Quebec 101:

  • A study permit in Quebec will allow you to attend an educational institution in the province for an allotted time period. This visa may be for an exchange program (one semester or one year), or for the period of a degree program of your choosing.
  • To apply, you must have been accepted by an educational institution in Canada, be financially able to support yourself for the period of your visa, have no criminal record and be in good health.
  • Without special permission you cannot work off-campus under this permit, and you must obtain a work permit in Quebec if you want to have a job, unless you are completing an internship as part of your program of study.
  • If you wish to change your educational institution, you must apply, and obtain new authorizations to do so.

Work Permit in Quebec 101:

  • Your stay on a work permit is limited to a maximum of three years (decided at the time of acceptance).
  • To apply, you must have no criminal record, be in good health, have a written contract or proof of a job offer from a Canadian company, and have the funds to support yourself and your dependents for the duration of your visa.
  • Your work permit in quebec doesn’t allow you to permanently reside in Canada. You can extend your work permit, if needed (which should be done no less than 30 days before your current visa expires). You can also apply for Permanent Residency if you want to stay in Canada.
  • Your work permit will provide information on the kind of work you are allowed to do, the employer you have permission to work for, where you are able to work and the period of time you can work for.
  • If your work permit has any conditions or restrictions they will be written directly on the permit. If there aren’t any written, then there are no specific conditions you must adhere to.
  • Your work permit in Quebec is specific to your employer. If you want to change your  employer while in Canada, or extend your employment contract, you need to apply in order to obtain new authorizations.

From the team here at, we hope you enjoy your study or work when you relocate!


Want to learn more about the documentation and visas you need to relocate to Quebec? Sign up for and visit “The Guide.” Read the “Visas & Immigration” chapter for more info on this topic. Also, check out the “Working” and “Studying” chapters to make your relocation smoother in either case.


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About Jerry

Before my family and I relocated to Canada where I received a teaching opportunity at one of the country’s renowned universities, my wife and kids were naturally full of questions. What would the schools be like? How does healthcare work? Is Canadian French very different than European French? What about Canadian English verses European English? How cold are those frigid northern winters we’ve heard so much about? The only way to fully understand a new city or country is to experience it first-hand. My family and I decided to embrace our relocation as an adventure. Years after the move, we still consider “The Great White North” our home, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with our quality of life here. // Avant que ma famille et moi-même soyons relocalisés au Canada parce que j’ai eu l’opportunité d’aller enseigner dans l’une des universités assez réputée du pays, ma femme et mes enfants avaient naturellement beaucoup de questions. A quoi ressemblent les écoles ? Comment fonctionne le système de santé ? Le français canadien est-il vraiment différent de celui parlé en France ? L’anglais canadien est-il vraiment différent de celui parlé en Europe? Est-ce que les hivers sont vraiment très rigoureux? La meilleure façon de comprendre entièrement une nouvelle ville et un pays est d’en faire personnellement l’expérience. Ma famille et moi avons décidé de voir la relocalisation comme une aventure. Quelques années plus tard, nous considérons “Le Grand Nord Blanc” comme notre maison et nous ne pourrions pas être plus satisfaits.