A work permit is a written authorization to work in Canada issued to a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. It is required whether or not the employer is in Canada. Usually, it is valid only for a specified job and length of time.
In all cases, if you want to work temporarily in Canada, you must meet the general requirements for entering Canada.
Before applying for a work permit, verify the following:
Although it is possible in certain cases to apply for a work permit at the port of entry as you enter Canada, you are encouraged to apply to a visa office outside of Canada.
|You must apply for a work permit outside of Canada if:||You may apply for a work permit at a port of entry if:|
you or your accompanying dependents need a temporary resident visa, or
you or your accompanying dependents require a medical examination, or
you are participating in International Experience Canada, or
you will be working as a live-in caregiver, or you will be working as a seasonal agricultural worker, or
you or your accompanying dependents have been convicted of a criminal offence.
your job does not need a labour market impact assessment or from Human Resources and Development Canada (HRSDC) or you hold a positive labour market impact assessment from HRSDC,
you are not listed in the first column.
If you will be applying at the port of entry, you should bring the following to show to the port of entry officer: