Student eligibility for work study

Students wishing to be considered for a work study position must meet the eligibility requirements.

Work study participants must be full-time students

  • undergraduate students: 4.5 units for credit in each term
  • students with a permanent disability: 3.0 units for credit in each term
  • graduate students: as defined by Graduate Admissions and Records

Furthermore, work study participants must not drop below full-time status at any time between September and April.

Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need, students must:

  1. Complete a work study application
  2. Return to Student Awards & Financial Aid after four business days

If you are eligible

  1. You will receive a work study authorization form - your ticket to participating in the program. Students assessed with less than 20 hours of eligibility will not receive an authorization form.
  2. You may view the work study job postings. It is recommended that prospective applicants wait until they have worked out their timetable for the year before applying for a work study position. The final decision on hiring will be made by the project supervisor.

A Social Insurance Number is required to participate in the work study program
All students must have a valid Social Insurance Number before commencing work in a work study position. Apply for your SIN in person at a Service Canada Centre. The Service Canada Centre in Victoria is located at 1401 Douglas Street. If you have the right documents, you will get a SIN during your visit.

International students - what do I need to apply for a social insurance number?
Original documents are required. Photocopies are not accepted. As an international student, you are a temporary resident of Canada. To qualify for a SIN, temporary residents must provide a passport and one of the following documents issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC):

  • a valid work permit
  • valid study permit that clearly states you 'may accept employment' or 'may work' in Canada
  • valid visitor record that clearly states you are authorized to work in Canada

If you want to use your study permit to qualify for a SIN, but it does not clearly state that you "may accept employment" or "may work" in Canada, contact or visit International Student Services.

Further information is available on the Government of Canada website.


For more information, please contact:
Debra McIldoon (250-721-8426 or )
Maria Ferreira (250-721-8424 or )