As of June 1, a foreign student priest no longer needs to apply for an off-campus work permit.
If the priest has a study permit and is enrolled full-time in an academic, professional or vocational training program at a designated learning institution, he may work off campus without a work permit. The study permit will indicate if he is able to work off campus.
If the priest qualifies, his study permit will allow him to work up to 20 hours per week:
Further details here.
With respect to the study permit, Saint Paul University’s web site states that unless you are a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen, you must have a valid study permit to study and live in Canada. You must obtain a study permit while you are in your country, or the country where you reside legally. Canadian immigration laws do not allow you to make an initial application from within Canada.
Therefore, if the priest has a valid study permit, he does not need a work permit to work off campus. However, he will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN). This site provides instructions on how to obtain a SIN. It is necessary for the priest to have a SIN because this will allow the employer (parish or other) to pay him a salary or stipends and to issue all documents required for tax purposes (T-4).
Please note that it is up to the priest-students to take the necessary steps in order to obtain the required authorization and documentation. The student services department of the pertinent university should be able to help them in that regard.
In addition, any priest who wishes to exercise ministry in our archdiocese, or reside in a rectory, must have faculties from our archdiocese. Priests are to contact our Chancery Office to obtain the necessary documentation.
For further information, please contact Colette Legault, Human Resources Officer.