Co-op Work Permits

Learn the requirements for MHC programs

As an international student, if you are enrolled in a program with a practicum/clinical/co-op/work placement requirement, you need a co-op work permit before you can start your placement. Please see the chart below to confirm whether your program at MHC requires a co-op work permit.

If your program requires a co-op work permit, you must start your application for a co-op work permit as soon as you confirm your seat in the program and receive your IRCC acceptance letter. In the table below, you will find a letter from your program coordinator describing the work placement, which you may use to support your co-op work permit application. You should apply for your co-op work permit at the same time as applying for your initial study permit.

If your placement is in a designated occupation such as in health services or working with children, you must also complete and pass a medical exam before you submit your application for a co-op work permit. The table below indicates whether a medical is required for your program.

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For more information on co-op work permits and application requirements, visit www.canada.ca.

It is critical that you apply for your co-op work permit as soon as possible to avoid delays in your program of study. Please contact Connie Grove with any questions.


Program Charts

Please select your program type below to learn if a co-op work permit is required.
Program Work
permit
required*

Medical
required**

Letter
required***

Administrative Office Professional Certificate
Yes No  Yes
Computer Aided Drafting and Design Certificate
No    No
Early Learning and Child Care Certificate
Yes Yes  Yes

* A co-op work permit is required.

**A medical is required for the co-op work permit application

*** A letter is required from the program coordinator

Program Work
permit
required*

Medical
required**

Letter
required***

Addictions Counselling Diploma
Yes No  Yes
Administrative Office Management Diploma
Yes    Yes
Business Administration Diploma
No Yes  
Child and Youth Care Counsellor Diploma
Yes Yes  Yes
Built Environment Engineering Technology Diploma
No    
Criminal Justice Diploma
No  
Early Learning and Child Care Diploma
Yes Yes  Yes
Environmental Reclamation Technician Diploma
Yes No  Yes
Information Technology Diploma
Yes No
Occupational / Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma
Yes Yes  Yes
Paramedic Diploma
Yes Yes  
Practical Nursing Diploma
Yes Yes  Yes
Power Engineering Technology Diploma
No    
Social Work Diploma
Yes Yes  Yes
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant Diploma      Yes

* A co-op work permit is required.

**A medical is required for the co-op work permit application

*** A letter is required from the program coordinator

Program Work
permit
required*

Medical
required**

Letter
required***

Bachelor of Applied Arts -
Visual Communications
Yes No Yes
Bachelor of Applied Health Science -
Paramedic
Yes Yes
 Yes

* A co-op work permit is required.

**A medical is required for the co-op work permit application

*** A letter is required from the program coordinator

Program Work
permit
required*

Medical
required**

Letter
required***

Bachelor of Business Administration
(Mount Royal University)
No  
Bachelor of Nursing
(University of Calgary)
Yes
(U of C requirement)
Yes
 Yes
Bachelor of Education
(Mount Royal University)
 Yes
(MRU requirement)
 Yes  

* A co-op work permit is required.

**A medical is required for the co-op work permit application

*** A letter is required from the program coordinator

Program Work
permit
required*

Medical
required**

Letter
required***

All university transfer programs
No No  

* A co-op work permit is required.

**A medical is required for the co-op work permit application

*** A letter is required from the program coordinator

Important Immigration Information

International students must maintain valid immigration documents to live and study in Canada. MHC’s RISIA and RCIC-certified staff are here to provide information to help you to understand and navigate immigration requirements and regulations as related to your study at MHC. However, you must be aware that it is solely your responsibility, and not that of MHC or MHC’s staff to:

  • ensure that your immigration and legal documents are current and maintained
  • ensure that any documentation submitted for immigration purposes meets requirements as indicated and is accurate and complete
  • understand and be compliant with immigration requirements as they pertain to you, recognizing that this information is subject to change and that the most accurate, up-to-date information is found on the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website: www.cic.gc.ca

Contact Us

International Education

299 College Drive SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta
T1A 3Y6  Canada

Tel: 403-504-3615
Fax: 403-502-8494
Email: info@mhc.ab.ca