Foreigners who want to work in Canada, will need to obtain a work permit (WP). The duration of the WP will be tied to the length of the contract offered by the Canadian employer, usually one or two years. There are over 100 different work permit options to global talents and employers. Foreign workers tend to need Canadian work permits, but there are exceptions.
TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER
Employers who wish to hire skilled foreign workers and support their permanent resident visa application can make a job offer under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry system. Contact for more information.
SPOUSAL OPEN WORK PERMIT
Your spouse or common-law partner may be eligible for an open work permit if you have a valid study permit and are eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) and are a full-time student at DLI. Contact for more information.
INTERNAYIONAL EXPERIENCE CANADA
To participate your country or territory of citizenship must have an agreement with Canada or you may be able to use a recognized organization.
Some countries only allow you to participate once. Others allow you to participate twice, but in different pools. Contact for more information.
EXCHANGE/RESTORE/CHANGE OF WORK PERMIT
You can only restore your status and authorization to work in Canada to what you held before it expired. You can’t change your permit until you restore your status and original authorization. After restoration, if you’re eligible, you may also be able to apply for a different permit. Contact for more information.
POST GRADUATE WORK PERMIT (PGWP)
Students who have completed their program of study are allowed to work while they are waiting for a decision on their post-graduation work permit application, provided they meet all of the criteria under 186(w) of IRPR. Contact for more information.
LMIA BASED CLOSED WORK PERMIT
A closed work permit provides an opportunity for foreign nationals to come to Canada temporarily and experience Canadian living before applying for permanent residence. It limits the applicant's employment to a single employer. Contact for more information.
The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers (TFW) when Canadians and permanent residents are not available.
These employers can hire TFWs from participating countries for a maximum period of 8 months. Contact for more information.
The Live-in Caregiver Program is closed to new applicants. You can only hire a caregiver through the program if you have:
found a caregiver who already has a work permit in the Live-in Caregiver Program and who is looking for a new employer, and
been approved for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that shows the caregiver has agreed to live in your home. Contact for more information.