We recommend applying for the Co-op Work Permit immediately after your Co-op/Internship registration has been accepted, due to the amount of time it takes the CIC to process and accept their applications. Government of Canada processing times may take several months (3-4). If you would like to request a work-permit letter for your CIC application, please contact the Co-op Assistant 4-5 months before your expected employment date.
*when checking your processing times select Temporary residence, then use the processing times for “Work permit extension (new employer)”
Meet the requirements for your desired Co-op/Internship stream.
Register and get accepted into the Lassonde Co-op/Internships Program
Once accepted into the Lassonde Co-op/Internship program, we will provide you with a letter of confirmation.
You must acquire a Co-op Work Permit from Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC).*
Your letter of confirmation must be included in your application.
*The Co-op Work Permit is entirely separate from a Work Permit as well as from the Permission to Work statement on your student visa. You must possess a valid student visa in addition to this
Upon receipt of your Permit, acquire or extend your Social Insurance Number (SIN) from the nearest Service Canada Centre. The expiry date of your co-op work permit is typically similar to the expiry date of your study permit. You can apply for or extend your co-op work permit at the same time you apply to extend your study permit. If your study permit expires before the end of your first work term, you might need to extend your study permit when you apply for your co-op work permit so both will be valid throughout your work term.