To be able to work in Canada legally, you will require a visa approved by the Federal government as a work permit.
More than 200,000 foreign professional workers, on the other hand, are given jobs annually in temporary work permits and securing a work permit is an onerous operation (LMIA) through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESCD).
A Temporary Resident Visa must be issued when entering Canada, depending on the country of birth of the foreign worker.
STEPS TO GET A CANADIAN WORK PERMIT
1. CONFIRM YOUR ELIGIBILITY
To be able to work in Canada as a foreigner, you must satisfy some basic requirements, such as:
- Have no criminal records
- Proof of funds to cater for your needs in Canada
- Not posing a security or health threat
- Not planning to work for an ineligible employer
- Qualified for the position
2. GET A JOB OFFER AND POSITIVE LMIA
The first step of getting a work permit is to receive a job offer from a Canadian employer, thereafter the Canadian employer may need to apply for a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) by ESDC, this is to ensure that there is no Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident available for the same job.
A work permit may be issued without LMIA Under certain circumstances such as:
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Workers under NAFTA program are LMIA-exempt, however, the provisions governing temporary work in Canada is binding
If the nature of the job is religious and or charitable
International students studying in Canada can fulfil academic requirements known as co-op placements
If the work activity will bring significant, social or cultural benefits to Canadians
3. START THE ONLINE APPLICATION
Ensure you have a high-quality scan of all the necessary documents you need to get a Canadian work permit. You will need to provide the following:
- A valid passport
- Two passport-size photos
- Your job offer letter
- proof you are qualified for the job
- A Certificat D’Acceptation du Quebec, if your job is in Quebec
Note: Visit the official Canada government to begin your application process. Your personal information, passport information and the job information provided by your employer.
4. PAY THE APPLICATION FEES ONLINE
You are expected to pay the fees for downloading, scanning and biometrics. The fees for biometrics and applications can be charged via separate online form here
5. COMPLETE YOUR BIOMETRICS AT AN APPROVED VISA APPLICATION CENTRE
Fingerprints and a digital photo is required for identification for visa applicants from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Make an appointment with an approved Visa Application Centre. See the full list of approved visa application centres
Note: The foreign worker will be issued a Temporary Work Permit at the point of entry by a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) when the worker arrives in Canada.
However, securing a temporary work permit is a turning point to becoming a permanent citizen in Canada, as the name suggests only for a short amount of time. Under the following immigration sources, a foreign worker on temporary work permit can apply for permanent residency:
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or through
- Provincial Nominee Programs.
BASIC WORK IN CANADA FACTS
- A job offer is usually a prerequisite to receiving a work permit
- Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) issued by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is a requirement indicating that the proposed employment will not displace Canadian workers