Canada - Work Permit
Know the facts about:
Hiring a Foreign Worker in Canada
Working as a Temporary Foreign Worker in Canada
Each year, over 90,000 foreign workers come Canada to work temporarily to help
Canadian employers address skill shortages. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
and Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC)
ensure that these workers
will support economic growth in Canada and create more opportunities for all Canadian
In almost all cases, you must have a valid work permit to work in Canada. These
steps must be followed before you apply for a work permit:
- An employer must first offer you a job.
must normally provide a positive labour market opinion of your job offer.
However, some types of work are exempt from this process.
confirms that a foreign worker may fill the job, you must apply to CIC for
your work permit.
In order to get a work permit, you must fill out an Application for Work
Permit. A work permit is issued if the application is approved. You cannot immigrate
with a work permit. Foreign workers may do some jobs in Canada without
To find out click on Free Assessment form and see if you are qualify.
Some business people may work in Canada without a work permit.
The Worker�s Role: Temporary workers must also meet the requirements
that apply to all temporary residents in order to come to Canada.
The Employer�s Role: Before a foreign worker may work in Canada,
you, as an employer, must check with
to obtain a positive labour market opinion
for the job offer you have made to the foreign worker.
Temporary Foreign Worker: You need to consult with professionals
and make sure you are guided. Make sure that your prospective employers who are seeking
to hire temporary foreign workers, are aware of the step-by-step approach of the
What HRSDC will do:
HRSDC�s role is to provide advice to CIC regarding
the impact on the Canadian labour market that the entry of a foreign worker will
The Live-in Caregiver Program
A live-in caregiver is someone who provides care to children, the elderly or the
disabled in a private household. After working two years as a live-in caregiver,
you can apply to be a permanent resident of Canada. Learn how you can apply for
the Live-in Caregiver Program.
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Changes have been made to the Low Skill Pilot Project. If you are a temporary
foreign worker in Canada who has a work permit under this Pilot, you may be affected.
The official title is the �Pilot Project for Hiring Foreign Workers in Occupations
that Require a High School Diploma or Job Specific Training (occupations listed
in sections C and D of the National Occupations Code).�
If you are not sure if your work permit was issued under the Low Skill Pilot, ask
your employer. Your employer would have received a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) under
the Pilot in order to hire you.
How does this change affect you?
Find out what you must do before you can hire a foreign worker or you get a job
offer form Canadian Employer. Contact us or fill out the Free Assessment form.