Best Part Time Jobs for International Students in Canada

International students in Canada can now work for more than 20 hours per week. This is a great incentive as it helps to offset the high cost of attendance including tuition and living expenses in the increasingly popular North American country.

Canada remains a preferred destination for International students because of the pathway to permanent residency and citizenship through the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).

As of the end of 2021, the country hosted 621,656 international students. This is triple the number of international students over the past two decades. In 2021, Canada issued nearly 450,000 new study permits.

One of the obvious benefits of part time employment for students, asides from pecuniary gains, is the opportunity of gaining Canadian work experience which could come in handy when searching for a permanent job after graduation.

Study International lists the following jobs as the best 5 part time jobs for International students.

1. Server
Working as a server or barista is one of the most popular part-time jobs in Canada for international students. To qualify as a server in Canada, students are usually required to have a high school diploma and exhibit strong communication skills in English.

Though not the highest-paying job per hour in Canada, you do get tips. In Canada, customers are expected to pay between 15-18% in tips. This means that despite the low income per hour, working as a waiter or barista can be a great job and you will be earning quite a bit in a week. 

Aside from that, working as a server comes with flexible working hours which is a plus point for students who are juggling work and uni.

2. Delivery services
This means you deliver passengers, food or packages. If you work for a company that provides on-demand services, you can work whenever you like. To qualify to work in delivery services one must be 18 years old, have a driver’s license and own a car.

Fortunately, if you do not own a car, there is also the option of being a bicycle courier instead. Most major cities have bicycle food delivery services such as UberEATs. Though the pay of a bicycle courier is lower than that of a car courier, owning a bicycle is a lot cheaper than a car.

3. Tutor
Another common part-time job for international students in Canada is tutoring. You may be wondering, “What do I even tutor?”. Well, you can tutor whatever you are good at. You can use those skills and work part-time with elementary or high school kids as a way of earning money while still completing your degree.

The average wage a part-time tutor in Canada receives is about US$15 per hour. The process of finding a job is more tedious than other part-time jobs, but there are a number of sites that help students secure tutoring jobs.

4. Dog walker
What could be better than being paid to hang out and walk dogs? With many owners working long hours, dog walking has become quite a popular part-time job.

There are many dog-walking businesses in Canada. On average, dog walkers in Canada earn about US$20 per hour. However, as being a dog walker does require more flexibility than other jobs, depending on your responsibilities and how many dogs you walk, you may be able to charge more. Another way to increase your pay as a dog walker is to offer pet-sitting services while the owner is away.

If you think dog walking is for you, check out Rover, one of the most popular businesses in Canada. You could even work for yourself by finding your own customers, rounding up the dogs and hitting the streets.

5. Salesperson
If you enjoy talking to people, a career in sales may offer you the money and flexibility you need. Working as a salesperson also teaches you a wide range of transferable skills. This is an excellent job for weekends when shoppers hit the town and city centres. Obviously, the pace of the job depends on where you might work, from a clothing boutique to a corner shop or even a supermarket.

Whatever it is, a salesperson’s job is steady, and some sellers even receive a small commission on their sales. However, salaries vary depending on where you work.

Interested in Studying in Canada ? Reach out to a Japafora Study Abroad Consultant on Whatsapp to discuss your options.

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