Work temporarily in Canada

Every year, over 150,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily
in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages, or to work as live-in caregivers,
The Work Permits program issues work permits to eligible foreign workers who wish to work temporarily
in Canada, provides information on the related application process, and issues visitor records to
business visitors.

Jobs that do not require a work permit

Note: If you fall into one of the categories below, you do not need a work
permit.

However, if you are from a country that requires a visa to visit Canada, you must apply for a
Temporary Resident Visa.

Travel documents

To apply for a work permit from outside Canada, you must submit the following
documents:

Travel documents

Applicants must meet the following requirements

Jobs that require a work permit but no labour market opinion

People in the following
categories need a work permit but do not need a labour market opinion
from Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).

What you should know

If you want to work in Canada, you must understand the following important information:

Jobs that require a work permit but no labour market opinion

If you are authorized to work
in Canada, your accompanying family members may also be able to work
here by virtue of the permit you have obtained yourself. No other
authorization is required. If they intend to work while in Canada, they
should find out if they are eligible for an “open” work permit. Open
work permits allow them to work in any job with any employer. An open
work permit also means that they may be hired without the employer
having to obtain a labour market opinion (the normal authorization
required). Certain jobs may require medical checks or licensing from
professional organizations. Their work permits will be valid for the
duration of your own work permit.

Your spouse’s (and in some
cases your children’s) eligibility for open work permits depends on the
skill level of your job. You must also be authorized to work in Canada
for at least six months. Note that open work permits for dependent
children are available on a trial basis in participating provinces only.
Accompanying family members must always apply for their own work
permit. They should apply for one at the same time as you, before
entering Canada. If they only decide to work after they arrive, they can
apply once they are here.

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