Student Success Centre

International Students

Finding a job in Canada for international students is part of culture shock, and may be difficult and confusing. It can be different from how you found a job back home. Job seekers and employers in Canada rely heavily on networking, and if you are new to Canada, your network may be limited. Maybe it is hard to promote yourself because English is not the language you are used to using. Understanding legislation and regulations for international students working in Canada can also be overwhelming and confusing. You are not alone! Canadian employers and our Student Success Centre team recognize that international students can stand out from other job seekers because they can bring unique skills and experiences that are valued by many employers. Examples include cross-cultural experience, sensitivity to diversity, second language experience, proven skills in adjusting, and the ability to be adaptable. Click here for a list of resources.

Career Counselling Services

Career Counselling Appointments

Meet one-on-one in a confidential and professional environment to discuss career-related concerns including career decision making, identifying career options, creating application packages and preparing for interviews, among other topics. Let the Career Counselling team help you with identifying the unique skills that you can offer to employers and help you through the job search process. Our team demonstrates multicultural competencies in counselling and can provide professional and valuable support to you. Learn more.

Group Career Counselling - Just for International Students

Please note that we are not offering group career counselling for the 2017/2018 academic year.

Small group sessions for 15 international undergraduate and graduate students. Receive help and guidance from Career Counsellors and other international students in finding and keeping employment in Canada. Learn more.  

Mock Interviews

The mock interview allows you to simulate an actual interview and receive feedback on your interview skills from a career counsellor in a 45-minute video-captured session. You are limited to one mock interview per term. Learn more.

If you would like additional interview practice, please review our Peer Mock Interview service (no limits and no intake needed!).

Career Wellness

You've come to Western with goals for a healthy and fulfilling life, and your career goals are a significant part of your planning. Review our Career Wellness website to find some questions which may be on your mind and some thoughts to consider including "I’m An International Student. How do I prepare for employment in Canada?" 

International and Exchange Student Services

You can reduce your anxiety about the requirements of working in Canada by accessing services at the International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC). 

Working and Volunteering

As an international student, you should ensure that you have the funding level required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada before entering university studies and you should NOT expect that working in Canada while studying will be enough to cover tuition and living expenses. Learn more.

Settlement, Language and Visa Information Resources

Legal Resources

Visa Information Resources

International and Exchange Student Centre (IESC)

  • Information on Working in Canada, Social Insurance Number, Working on and off campus, Immigration Regulations, Co-op and internship programs, Postgraduate Work Program
  • Attend an Immigration Work Regulations for International Students workshop with the IESC
  • Attend a workshop with The Students Success Centre and IESC: International Students - What you Need to Know to Get a Job

Legislation for Working in Ontario and Canada

Human Rights Act - Ontario

Employment Standards Act

Work Permits in Canada

As a general rule, anyone who is not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident must have a Work Permit for all work in Canada. International students who fit within the categories defined by Citizenship & Immigration Canada need a work permit but do not need a labour market opinion (LMO) from the Government of Canada (i.e., are not subject to the availability of Canadian workers). Learn more. 

Working in Canada - Government of Canada’s leading source for labour market information. It offers users, free and authoritative occupational and career information such as educational requirements, main duties, wage rates and salaries, current employment trends and outlooks


Employment in London and Southwestern Ontario

Planning to Secure Employment in London and Southwestern Ontario

Immploy - connects employers with immigrant talent to foster economic prosperity through programs that include Immploy Job Match and Immploy Mentorship. Employment opportunities in London, Ontario and Southwestern Ontario
(Formerly the London Middlesex Immigrant Employment Council)

Global Talent - steps toward employment in London community

WIL Employment Connections - employment agency for immigrants and Newcomers

Association Canadienne-Francaise de l’Ontario (ACFO) London-Sarnia 

Collège Boréal Employment services

Community Employment Choices (Strathroy)

Fanshawe Community Employment Services 

Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes 

LEADS Employment Services London, Inc.

London Employment Help Centre (LEHC) 

London Training Centre 

Nokee Kwe Occupational Skills Development Inc.

Youth Opportunities Unlimited