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Work In Canada

Foreign Nationals seeking career opportunities often turn to Canada as a prime destination. This is because Canada offers a wide range of employment options with a strong and diverse economy, high standards of workplace safety, competitive wages, and a huge opportunity for growth and development. Also, working in Canada is an excellent first step for the people seeking to live in Canada permanently.

In order to work in Canada, it is necessary to ensure that a person has the proper authorization, as engaging in work without the proper authorization can have serious consequences on future immigration applications.

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How to find a job in CanadaBenefits of working in CanadaTypes of Canadian work permitsHow to obtain a Canadian work permit

How to find a job in Canada

It may feel daunting to begin the search for employment in Canada. Thankfully, there are many resources for those seeking an official job offer from a Canadian employer.

  • Canadian Resume Guide
  • Social Media Presence Guide

Certain positions in Canada may require a person to know their National Occupation Classification Code (NOC Code). This code is used to classify all types of employment by Canadian standards. We have put together a tool to assist with finding your NOC Code as well.

Benefits of working in Canada

Working in Canada has many benefits. Canadian labour laws ensure that workplaces have a high-degree of safety and that all employers follow certain laws and regulations to ensure the well being of their employees. As well, Canadian wages are competitive and foreign nationals are required, by law, to be offered wages equivalent to their Canadian counterparts. Finally, some Canadian work permits enable the spouse and children of workers to accompany them to Canada. Another significant benefit for those interested in immigrating to Canada permanently is that by gaining Canadian work experience, a foreign national may increase their eligibility for a number of Canadian permanent residency programs. The following programs award value, in varying degrees, for Canadian work experience:

  • Express Entry
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
    • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
    • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
  • Quebec Immigration Programs
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

Types of Canadian work permits

There are many different options for obtaining a Canadian work permit. Some work permits require a job offer from a Canadian employer, some require that the employer provide a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), while others require that a person has some sort of connection to Canada (previous education, spousal sponsorship, etc.). Please refer to the categories below to determine the work permit which best suits your qualifications:

Requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
    • LMIA Work Permits
    • Facilitated LMIA (Quebec)
    • Global Talent Stream

LMIA-Exempt but requiring a job offer or employment contract

  • International Mobility Program (IMP)
    • LMIA-Exempt Work Permits
    • NAFTA Work Permits
    • CETA Work Permits
    • Intra-Company Transfers

Open Work Permits (no job offer or LMIA required)

  • Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP)
  • Spousal Sponsorship from Inside of Canada
  • International Experience Canada (IEC)
  • Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)
  • Spouse Accompanying International Student

How to obtain a Canadian work permit

The process for obtaining a Canadian work permit varies greatly depending on which type of work permit a person is applying. For example, an international student studying in Canada will oftentimes be automatically issued authorization to work part-time as part of their study permit authorization.

Most closed work permit applications require that a foreign national has an official job offer from a Canadian employer which is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Even those who are LMIA-exempt or exempt from requiring a work permit should be aware of the unique documentation they need to prepare in order to ensure they are granted entry to Canada. There are two general pathways for obtaining a Canadian work permit: a closed work permit and an open work permit.

Closed work permits are tied to specific employers, this means that a foreign national issued a closed work permit must remain working with the same employer at the same location unless they change their work permit.

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Frequently asked questions

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How do I get a work visa?
A Work Visa allows you to legally work in a certain country for a specific period of time. Most countries require you to have a job offer from that country before you apply for a Work Visa. The Company which has given you the job offer also needs to sponsor your Visa. You may also be required to have a positive Labour Market Test before you apply for the same. Hence, to get a Work Visa you must first meet the eligibility requirements of the Visa specified by the particular country.
Is a job offer required for immigration to Canada under the Skilled Worker/Professional category ?
No. Applicants can still qualify for a Canada Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visa without a Canadian job offer. However, Canadian employers play a greater role in Canadian immigration under the federal Express Entry immigration selection system than they did previously, meaning that, for many candidates, obtaining a valid Canadian job offer significantly increases their chances of being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Candidates in the Express Entry pool have the opportunity to increase their chances of being invited to apply by promoting themselves directly to employers through the CanadaVisa Job Search tool. Candidates should note that the Quebec Skilled Worker category of immigration and some of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) do not require a Canadian job offer in order to qualify either.
What is a "job offer" within the context of Canadian immigration?
A job offer is a genuine offer of employment from a legitimate Canadian employer.
Are there different types of job offers that a Canadian employer can make?
Yes. There are essentially two types of job offers that a Canadian employer can make: A temporary job offer is an offer of Canadian employment that is made for a specific period of time – six months, one year, etc… Individuals can only begin working, in most cases, after they receive a Temporary Work Permit. A permanent job offer is an offer of Canadian employment that is made for an indeterminate period of time. Individuals can only begin working after they receive a Canada Immigration Visa.
Is it possible to apply for a Temporary Work Permit and a Canada Immigration Visa?
Yes. There are essentially two types of job offers that a Canadian employer can make: A temporary job offer is an offer of Canadian employment that is made for a specific period of time – six months, one year, etc… Individuals can only begin working, in most cases, after they receive a Temporary Work Permit. A permanent job offer is an offer of Canadian employment that is made for an indeterminate period of time. Individuals can only begin working after they receive a Canada Immigration Visa.
What are the advantages of obtaining a permanent job offer from a Canadian employer?
Yes. Individuals may apply for a Temporary Work Permit on its own or in combination with an application for a Canada Immigration Visa. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) recognizes the concept of "dual intent" whereby an applicant desires to work in Canada temporarily and thereafter reside and work in Canada permanently.
What are the advantages of obtaining a temporary job offer from a Canadian employer?
Under Express Entry, candidates who are successful in obtaining a job offer supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are awarded an additional 50 or 200 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), depending on the position offered. Although this CRS points bonus does not guarantee that the candidate will be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada, the fact that he or she has obtained a qualifying job offer means that he or she is more likely to be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence at a subsequent draw from the pool, therefore fast-tracking the immigration process. For more information, visit the arranged employment page.
Who issues work permit ?
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), a department of the Canadian Government, issues work permits.
How long is the process time of work permit submitted ?
Most work permit applications are processed and issued within a matter of days or weeks, depending on whether or not a medical examination is required and the workload at the particular visa office to which the application was submitted.
Who needs a valid work permit to work in Canada ?
Generally, individuals who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents require a valid work permit to work in Canada. However, foreign workers can do some jobs in Canada without a work permit.

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