WORK IN CANADA
Whether you be a foreign worker or an employer, it is crucial to go through the proper channels before temporary employment in Canada may begin and obtaining a work visa.
Canada is pro-actively seeking foreign workers and professionals to help grow its strong national workforce and supports its bustling economy. In this section, you may find all the most up-to-date information on working in Canada for your particular situation.
In most instances, in order to work in Canada, the foreign worker will need a work permit. There are, however, a number of circumstances where you may be able to work in Canada without a work permit. Additionally, there are number of other ways to work in Canada without undergoing the traditional work permit application process, including work permits granted for working holidays, post-graduate work permits or permits issued under international agreements, such as NAFTA.
Types of Canadian Work Permits
These are just some of the work scenarios and situations that take place in Canada.
NAFTA WORK PERMITS
These permits are issued under the North American Free Trade Agreement, allowing work without a LMIA.
Certain circumstances allow for individuals to work in Canada without first obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment.
LMIA BASED WORK PERMITS
These work permits require the employer to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment as part of the process.
These permits will allow a company to bring certain employees to Canada from its offices abroad without a LMIA.
In many cases, business visitors may work in Canada without a work permit, so long as they don't enter the Canadian labour market.
Places to search for Jobs in Canada
The following sites a known to have the majority of job postings on the internet. You will need to register on each one of them, create or upload an electronic resume and setup job alerts that can be emailed to you when they are posted.
Its important to understand that most Canadian employers will hire local, but in the rare instances they will seek further afield when their local needs are not met.
Which Canadian work solution will meet your needs?
You already have a job offer in Canada
If you have a job offer from a Canadian employer and are unsure of what to do next, check out our Work Permit Services to get an introduction on what you need to acquire the proper authorizations to work in Canada. We would be happy to assist you with the process from beginning to end. Please contact us so we can help you explore your options.
You are a Canadian business looking to hire a foreign worker
If you are a Canadian employer who is looking to hire a worker from abroad, we would be happy to advise you on the proper steps to bring that worker to Canada. Our Work Permit specialists will discuss your business needs with you, the qualifications of the worker that you have in mind, and the options that you have for getting that worker to Canada. Depending on your needs, you may need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment. Alternatively, there may be specific programs that are geared toward addressing your needs on an expedited basis through an exemption, such as through an intra-company transfer. To see what options are available to you, contact us today and let us know about your business needs.
You are currently studying or have recently graduated from a Canadian educational institution
Depending on the amount of time that you have studied in Canada, you may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit in Canada. This program is an excellent opportunity for you to develop Canadian experience, especially if you are looking to apply for Canadian immigration under the Canadian Experience Class or Quebec Experience Class programs. Start your free assessment and be sure to let us know about your Canadian education.
You would like to work in Canada as an entrepreneur
In addition to Entrepreneur Work Permits, be sure to look into Canada's Entrepreneur Start-Up Visa Program if you have business management or entrepreneurial experience. You should also explore our page about International Business Start-ups In Canada to learn more about using an intra-company transfer work permit to start a new business in Canada.
You would like to work in Canada as a self-employed individual
There are a number of programs that allow self-employed individuals to work in Canada under certain circumstances. If you are looking to work in Canada on a self-employed basis, the process may be a bit complicated. However, we would be happy to assess your qualifications for working in Canada. Contact us to learn more about your options.
You are a citizen of the United States or Mexico
Canada has a special relationship with the United States and Mexico that allows certain individuals to work in Canada. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allows individuals to work in Canada under a NAFTA work permit. NAFTA is broken down into four categories, covering professionals, intra-company transfers, traders and investors, and allows such individuals to circumvent the traditional work permit process. Contact us, and be sure to note that you are a citizen of the United States or Mexico.
You have a job offer in the province of Quebec
The province of Quebec has its own requirements for working Quebec. To start, you are required to obtain a document called a CAQ as part of the process. You should also note that Quebec has its own list of occupations that allow for an expedited Labour Market Impact Assessment to be issued. Contact us and be sure to let us know that you have a job offer in the province of Quebec.
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