For foreign workers and employers alike, it is crucial to go through the proper channels before temporary employment in Canada may begin.
Canada is actively seeking foreign workers and professionals to help grow its strong national workforce. In this Work section, you may find all the most up-to-date information on working in Canada for your particular situation.
In most cases, in order to work in Canada, the foreign worker will need a work permit. However, there are a number of circumstances where you may be able to work in Canada without a work permit. In addition, there are number of other ways to work in Canada without undergoing the traditional work permit application process, including work permits granted for working holidays, post-graduate work permits or permits issued under international agreements, such as NAFTA.
Types of Canadian Work Permits
These are just some of the work scenarios and situations that take place in Canada.
LMIA-based work permits
These work permits require the employer to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment as part of the process.
Certain circumstances allow for individuals to work in Canada without first obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
NAFTA Work Permits
These permits are issued under the North American Free Trade Agreement, allowing work without a LMIA.
These permits will allow a company to bring certain employees to Canada from its offices abroad without a LMIA.
In many cases, business visitors may work in Canada without a work permit, so long as they don’t enter the Canadian labour market.
Post-Graduation Work Permits
After graduating from a designated Canadian educational institution, international graduates may work in Canada for up to three years.
Which Canadian work solution will meet your needs?
- I am looking for work in CanadaIf you are looking for work in Canada or already have a job offer from a Canadian employer and are unsure of what to do next, we have the perfect tools to get you started. You may also wish to check out some of our great employment resources, such as our Job Search Tool, our Resume Builder, or our other Career Coaching Tools.
- I already have a job offer in Canada
- I am a Canadian business looking to hire a foreign worker
- I am a currently studying or have recently graduated from a Canadian educational institution
- I would like to work in Canada as an entrepreneur
- I would like to work in Canada as a self-employed individual
- I am a citizen of the United States or Mexico
- I have a job offer in the province of Quebec