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 permit: These work permits require the employer to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment as part of the process.

LMIA Exemptions: Certain circumstances allow for individuals to work in Canada without first obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment.

NAFTA Work Permit: These permits are issued under the North American Free Trade Agreement, allowing work without a LMIA.

Business Visitors: In many cases, business visitors may work in Canada without a work permit, so long as they don’t enter the Canadian labour market.

Intra-Company Transfers: These permits will allow a company to bring certain employees to Canada from its offices abroad without a LMIA.

Post-Graduation Work Permit: After graduating from a designated Canadian educational institution, international graduates may work in Canada for up to three years.