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grimmbrother

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I'm on a student Visa. I have 2 jobs and sometimes my hours can reach between 43 and 46 but this is excluding 30 minute breaks. So far, I've been cancelling or giving away shifts that go over my 40 hours but I want to know if it's ok that it's going over just a little. I'm working 2 jobs during the summer. I'll quit one when school starts. Is it ok to do more than 40 or will the government be upset?
I also want to know if 30 minute breaks are factored into your overall hours? So If I calculate my hours and it comes to 46 but if you factor in lunch breaks and it comes down to 40, is that ok?

Thanks!
 

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As far as I know, there is no stipulation on the maximum number of hours you can work during semester breaks. The restriction is 20 hours during a semester / while you are a full time student.
 

grimmbrother

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Really? My off campus work permit says 40 hours during summer breaks and reading weeks. That would be awesome if it were true!
 

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http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/faq/study/index.asp

Are there any restrictions on how many hours I can work once I receive my off-campus work permit?

Once you receive your off-campus work permit, you can work up to 20 hours per week off campus while classes are in session. You can work full time during scheduled breaks, including summer or winter holidays and reading weeks.

While classes are in session, you must be studying full time and retain satisfactory academic standing to keep your off-campus work permit.
When I had an OCWP, my work permit never said 40 hours during scheduled breaks. The specific wording on mine was:

This work permit authorizes the holder to work off-campus up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks.
However if your work permit explicitly says 40 hours, then you should only be working 40 hours period. The conditions stated on your work permit are your guide. In the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Regulations (section 185), an immigration officer is free to impose whatever condition they want on your work permit that you must abide by.

An officer may impose, vary or cancel the following specific conditions on a temporary resident:
(a) the period authorized for their stay;
(b) the work that they are permitted to engage in, or are prohibited from engaging in, in Canada, including
(i) the type of work,
(ii) the employer,
(iii) the location of the work,
(iv) the times and periods of the work, and
(v) in the case of a member of a crew, the period within which they must join the means of transportation;
(c) the studies that they are permitted to engage in, or are prohibited from engaging in, in Canada, including
(i) the type of studies or course,
(ii) the educational institution,
(iii) the location of the studies, and
(iv) the times and periods of the studies;
(d) the area within which they are permitted to travel or are prohibited from travelling in Canada; and
(e) the times and places at which they must report for
(i) medical examination, surveillance or treatment, or
(ii) the presentation of evidence of compliance with applicable conditions.
SOR/2004-167, s. 51(F).
As such, if they have explicitly stated 40 hours as a condition on your work permit, then this is what you must abide by. So to answer your question, no you are breaching the conditions of your work permit. It's up to you whether you consider those extra hours are worth the risks involved.
 

grimmbrother

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Mine has the exact same wording. Full-time. I spoke to the international student adviser at my university and she said the government will not chase me down for working a few more than 40 hours.
 

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grimmbrother said:
I'm on a student Visa. I have 2 jobs and sometimes my hours can reach between 43 and 46 but this is excluding 30 minute breaks. So far, I've been cancelling or giving away shifts that go over my 40 hours but I want to know if it's ok that it's going over just a little. I'm working 2 jobs during the summer. I'll quit one when school starts. Is it ok to do more than 40 or will the government be upset?
I also want to know if 30 minute breaks are factored into your overall hours? So If I calculate my hours and it comes to 46 but if you factor in lunch breaks and it comes down to 40, is that ok?

Thanks!
I have seen several students worked around 60 hours during summer breaks without any problem.
 

Mandishpillai

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it is bit confusing government is little tricky hear they just said full time but they didnt mentioned any guideline if any student works more than 40 hours during summer break is this offense or not , because student adviser is saying it is fine if student work morethan 40 hours similarly advocates says .
 

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it is bit confusing government is little tricky hear they just said full time but they didnt mentioned any guideline if any student works more than 40 hours during summer break is this offense or not , because student adviser is saying it is fine if student work morethan 40 hours similarly advocates says .
It's not tricky at all. There is no upper limit for full-time. You can work as many hours as you want during your regular breaks.
 
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