Work Permit

Follow the proper channels before starting temporary employment in Canada.

Work Permit:

For foreign workers and employers, it is essential to follow the proper channels before starting temporary employment in Canada. While Canada’s economic success is favorable for businesses, it also poses challenges for employers who struggle to meet the demand for workers. With a record low unemployment rate, Canada increasingly relies on foreign talent to build a strong national workforce.

Work permit to work in Canada

In most cases, foreign nationals require a work permit to work in Canada. However, there are exceptional circumstances where a foreign worker may work in Canada without a work permit. Canadian employers intending to employ a foreign worker must typically obtain authorization from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) through a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA demonstrates that employing a foreign worker will not negatively impact the Canadian labor market and that no suitable Canadian citizen or permanent resident is available for the position. The LMIA process involves advertising the position to show the lack of suitable Canadian candidates and undergoes rigorous scrutiny from the government.
Although the LMIA process is the general rule, there are various LMIA-exempt work permits available under Foreign Trade Agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These permits allow foreign workers to apply for a work permit without the Canadian employer needing to obtain an LMIA. In addition to employer-sponsored work permits, there are other options available to foreign workers without a job offer, including working holidays, post-graduate work permits, and open spousal work permits.

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