Work Permits


Every year, more than 180,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages. A work permit is needed for most temporary jobs in Canada.

Important information:

1. Your employer may need to get a labour market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). An LMIA confirms that there is no Canadian or permanent resident available, and the employer can fill the job with a foreign worker.

2. Some jobs do not require an LMIA. .

3. You must meet the general requirements for entering the country, for studying in Canada and for getting a work permit. This means you may also need to temporary resident visa.

4. A work permit is not an immigration document. It does not allow you to live in Canada permanently.

5. Caregiver who meet certain requirements can apply to stay in Canada permanently.

6. Your spouse or common-law partner and your dependent children may apply to come to Canada with you.