Work in Canada

Workers are a class of temporary resident who are legally authorized to enter Canada temporarily to work. They are subject to various conditions.

A work permit is a written authorization to work in Canada issued by an officer to a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. It is required whether or not the employer is in Canada. Usually, it is valid only for an employer specific job and length of time and is based on a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada.

If you need a work permit to work temporarily in Canada, you must make sure you are eligible for one. Whether you are eligible or not depends on a few things, including where you plan to apply for your work permit.

Apply from outside Canada

Anyone may apply for a work permit before they enter Canada. In some cases, you must apply to a visa office outside Canada. This is usually true if you need a visa to enter Canada or if you need to have a medical exam before you come here.

Apply from inside Canada

You can only apply for a work permit from inside Canada if you:

  Are currently in Canada and have a valid study or work permit, or your spouse or parents have a study or work permit,

  Have graduated from a program at a
        Canadian university,
        community college,
        CÉGEP,
        publicly funded trade/technical school or
        other eligible school,

  Have a temporary resident permit that is valid for six months or more, or

  Are in Canada because you have already applied for permanent residence from inside Canada.

The Immigration and Refugee Protections Regulations contain requirements that enable CIC to better protect your rights when you come to work in Canada by ensuring that employers respect the terms of their offers of employment.

In a work permit application, the employers will be evaluated on:

  Whether the job offer is genuine,

  Past history of employers compliance to the commitments outlined in job offers to foreign workers hired in the past two years in respect to wages, working conditions and the occupation.

  Compliance with Federal-Provincial/Territorial Laws.

An officer may impose, vary or cancel conditions when issuing a work permit. These may include one or more of the following:

 The type of employment in which you may work;

  The employer for whom you may work;

  Where you may work;

  How long you may continue to work.