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There is a strike at my designated learning institution and I can’t continue my studies. What does that mean for my status as a study permit holder?

This situation is beyond your control and your status as a study permit holder should not be affected. As a result of the strike, you will:

  • not face any penalty or enforcement action because you can’t pursue your studies during this time,
  • be able to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week if your study permit allows you to work (and also work full-time during regular breaks such as Christmas and reading week), and
  • still be eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.

You must continue to have valid status as a student in Canada to be able to return to class after the labour dispute is resolved. If you need to apply to extend your study permit during the strike, include a letter from the registrar of your designated learning institution that confirms that the strike has stopped you from attending school and pursuing your studies.


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