Working in Canada

If working abroad to gain international work experience appeals to you, or you simply want to improve life for your family, then this may just be the right program for you.

Many leave their country for greater professional satisfaction, a new work atmosphere, and more opportunities. They will opt for work visas in order to settle and work abroad. Every year, thousands of foreign workers enter Canada with the appropriate visa or permit.

If you are currently residing outside of Canada and wish to apply for a work permit, there are several mandatory documents you will need. Our consultants can help you with the visa process and with the documentation requirements . We provide all the information pertaining to obtaining a work visa in Canada and assist you every step of the way.

Work permits are generally required for foreign workers who wish to enter Canada to work on a temporary basis and ease skill shortages.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is one of the streams to working in Canada and is an employer driven program where employers must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire foreign workers. If a positive LMIA is issued, the employer will provide it to the foreign worker to submit with his/her application for a work permit, which is typically issued for one year if granted.
There are also work permits that are not restricted to an employer i.e. Open work permits . The distinctions among work permits and other options to working in Canada can be confusing, that is why we help you determine which is the right fit for you.

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Finding A Job Abroad

It may feel overwhelming to begin the search for employment in Canada. Before you start your job hunt, you must find out if you are eligible to work in your

Benefits of Working in Canada

Working in Canada has many benefits. Canadian labour laws ensure that workplaces have a high degree of safety and that all employers follow certain laws and regulations to ensure the

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If you are hoping to migrate abroad as a worker, we offer comprehensive services that can help propel your career. Finding a job abroad and the work permit application can be a complex and time-consuming process. To avoid unnecessary errors and delays in your application, it is important you seek professional help.

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Finding A Job Abroad

It may feel overwhelming to begin the search for employment in Canada. Before you start your job hunt, you must find out if you are eligible to work in your

Benefits of Working in Canada

Working in Canada has many benefits. Canadian labour laws ensure that workplaces have a high degree of safety and that all employers follow certain laws and regulations to ensure the

Types of Canadian Work Permits

There are many options for obtaining a Canadian work permit. Some work permits require a job offer from a Canadian employer, while some others require that the employer provide a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Below is the category requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for temporary workers.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program aims to recognize and manage labour shortages in Canada. The program is an accelerated route to work permits and closing the gap in the necessary skill set by hiring suitable foreign workers. The TFWP is jointly operated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

The TFWP helps Canadian employers hire the foreign talent they need. It also makes sure that these foreign workers receive the rights and protections they deserve to be safely employed in Canada. Under the TFWP, employers may hire temporary foreign workers through the following streams:

An employer who seeks to hire a foreign national through TFWP must first obtain an LMIA. They must demonstrate that they were unable to find a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position. Following this, the employer will be able to officially hire a foreign national, who in turn applies for a Canadian work permit.

LMIA Work Permits

In most cases, employers are required to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before they can hire foreign. In order to obtain a positive LMIA, a Canadian employer must prove that there is no Canadian or permanent resident worker available to complete the job in question and a foreign worker is therefore required.
LMIA applications should show the following:

  • Efforts made to recruit available Canadian citizens/permanent residents
  • Wages offered for the position are consistent with the prevailing wage rate paid to Canadians/permanent residents in the same occupation in the region
  • Working conditions for the occupation meets the current provincial labour market standards
  • Any potential benefits that hiring a foreign worker might bring to the Canadian labour market, such as the creation of new jobs or the transfer of skills and knowledge; and
  • Transition plans will be required for high-wage positions whereby employers must demonstrate increased efforts to hire Canadians in the long-term.

The positive LMIA is provided to the foreign worker to submit with his/her application for a work permit, which is typically issued for one year if granted. LMIAs are overseen by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and have an associated application fee of $1,000 for each temporary foreign worker position applied for.

There are shorter processing times of 10 days available for highest-demand, highest paid and shortest duration occupations, i.e. skilled trades within top 10% of pay bracket and for positions that are less than 120 days.

Facilitated LMIA (Quebec)

Unlike the other provinces, Quebec enjoys more autonomy from the federal government in their immigration policies and procedures hence their immigration programs differ from the other provinces. There are a few distinctions pertaining to the hiring of foreign workers in Quebec. Quebec enjoys a simplified hiring process of foreign workers through the facilitated LMIA process. This allows Quebec employers to apply for LMIAs without having to provide evidence that they made efforts to recruit a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to fill the position.

Quebec’s facilitated LMIA process is quite like the other province however with a few differences as follows:

Job Advertisement: This does not require employers to submit evidence that they have advertised the position and made efforts to recruit a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the position.
Occupations in demand: Employers can only submit applications for professions in high demand. There is usually a labour shortage of such professions in the region where they are located.
Language: All applications for LMIAs submitted in the province of Quebec must be submitted in French, except applications submitted for In-Home Caregiver positions.

Submission Requirements: In order to be eligible to submit an application for a facilitated LMIA applications must be approved by both the federal and provincial authorities and the employer needs to ensure the position is on the list of eligible occupations for that region.

Global Talent Stream

This is a two-year pilot program to hire highly skilled global talent, which began on June 12, 2017, under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The Global Talent Stream Pilot is a key part of the Innovation and Skills Plan which has as a primary objective making Canada a world-leading centre for innovation. The main characteristic of this pilot program is the Labour Market Benefits Plan to detail the specific benefits for the Canadian Labour market and the Canadian economy, and employers must provide activities and targets for each benefit. By taking into employment highly skilled global talent, the employer must commit to providing both mandatory and complementary benefits, depending on the category they apply under:

Category A

  • Referred to the Global Talent Stream by one of Global Talent Stream’s designated partners;
  • Hiring unique and specialized talent;
  • Mandatory benefits for Category A jobs

Category B

  • Only the occupations on the Global Talent occupations list
  • Mandatory benefits for Category B: increasing skills and training investments

Alongside job creation and investment in skills and training, other benefits are transferring knowledge to Canadians and permanent residents and enhanced company performance.

There is no advertising requirement and no transition plan for this stream; however, there is a mandatory progress review of the employer’s progress on their commitments made in the Labour Market Benefits Plan.
There are other temporary worker options which allow employers to hire workers without requiring an LMIA.

These options are designed to process LMIA-exempt work permit applications:

Not every program requires a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The International Mobility program is one such program that enables Canadian employers to hire temporary foreign workers without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). These LMIA exemptions are based on the following:

  • broader economic, cultural or other competitive advantages for Canada; and
  • reciprocal benefits enjoyed by Canadians and permanent residents.

For an employer to benefit from this program, the following are steps to be followed:

  • Confirm the position or worker in question qualifies for an LMIA-exemption
  • Pay the employer compliance fee
  • Submit the official job offer through the IMP’s Employer Portal

Once the employer has compiled with the above, the foreign national becomes eligible to apply for their own work permit.

LMIA-Exempt Work Permits

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) enables Canadian employers to issue work permits to workers who do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

The following situations are the most common examples of when an LMIA isn’t required: Work is of Significant Benefit, Reciprocal benefits enjoyed by Canadians and permanent residents or that of a Charitable and Religious Worker.
To actualize this, an employer must however follow these steps:

  • Confirm if the position or the worker qualifies for an LMIA-exemption
  • Pay the employer compliance fee
  • Submit the official job offer through the IMP’s Employer Portal.

Once this has been finalized , the foreign national will be eligible to apply for their work permit.

NAFTA Work Permits

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) formerly known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) enables citizens of the United States and Mexico to work in Canada under specified categories. These categories may be eligible to work in Canada without the requirement for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or, in some cases, a work permit. These people are classified into NAFTA Professionals, NAFTA Intra-Company Transferees, NAFTA Investors, NAFTA Traders and NAFTA Business Visitors.

As a prerequisite, applicant’s citizenship must be Canadian, Mexican, or American. Permanent residents of these countries are not eligible under this program. Generally, application may be done in any of the following ways:

  • Outside Canada at a Canadian visa office prior to entering to Canada
  • At a Canadian Port of Entry
  • From within Canada If the person is already inside the country as a temporary resident

Intra-Company Transfers

This program enables skilled foreign nationals to work as intra-company transferees in Canada. To qualify, the foreign national must be in an executive capacity, have specialized knowledge or be in a managerial capacity. The enterprise outside of Canada and the enterprise inside of Canada must have one of the following relationships: parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate.
There are employer and employee specific requirements that must be fulfilled following which an application for an LMIA-exempt work permit can be made. Similar to the NAFTA process, the work permit application may be submitted at a Canadian Port of Entry (POE), at the Visa Application Centre outside Canada, and/or online.

There are distinct rules and requirements that apply to work permits as it relates to studying in Canada. The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from eligible Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience for the same duration as their degree or diploma program completed. They however must be at least 18 years old and have studied full-time in Canada in a program of at least 8 months. This permit is not automatic as applications must be made within 180 days of the completion of their study program.

PGWPs are valid between eight months to three years and do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or to work for a specific employer. Typically, work experience gained in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill type 0 or skill level A or B helps the graduate qualify for one of the economic class immigration programs. Also, spouses of such applicants with a valid study permit can apply for an open work permit.

Are you a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Canada and need your family to join you? Well, here is some good news as your Canadian dream can be picture perfect with your family in it. The Canadian government understands the importance of family and the support system it offers; therefore, it encourages family unification and has created sponsorship programs that allow you to reunite with your family if the requirements laid out by the government are met. These sponsorship programs include Spouse /Conjugal partner or Common-Law Partner, Parent and Grandparent, Relatives and Dependent Child Sponsorship.
To sponsor your spouse, there are requirements that must be met by both the sponsor and the person being sponsored. Foreign nationals being sponsored for Canadian permanent residence by their spouse or common-law partner may be eligible to apply for an open work permit. The sponsor, however, must apply for spousal sponsorship from inside Canada through the inland spousal sponsorship process.

A spousal work permit allows your spouse to earn income from gainful employment and allows your spouse to work for any employer in any kind of job. We can help you prepare the work permit applications to ensure a successful outcome.

This program is specifically for foreign nationals from identified countries that have existing bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada. There are three categories in this program: working holiday, young professionals and international Co-op internship.

The working holiday category allows applicants to apply for an open work permit, while the young professionals and the international Co-op internship provide employer-specific work permits. This program is typically targeted at individuals usually between the ages 18 and 35.

A Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP for short) is a permit issued to bridge the gap between the expiry of the work permit and the final decision on a submitted permanent residence application. If you are currently working in Canada on a work permit that will soon expire and you have applied for permanent residence through the Express Entry system, you may be eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit. The BOWP is only available to applicants to the economic class permanent residence programs. This operates like an open work permit, which enables the holder to work for multiple employers in multiple locations.

Have you applied for permanent residency and need a bridging work permit? Speak with one of our consultants today to help you take the right step.

If you wish to come along with your family while studying in Canada, the good news is you can. You may include your spouse on your application for a Canadian study permit, however, this is subject to the discretion of the visa officer who must approve this. If successful, then your spouse will be eligible to apply for a spousal open work permit. This work permit authorizes your spouse to work full-time for any employer in Canada for the same period as your study permit.
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Top Jobs And Careers In Canada

Occupation and 2-Digit NOC Code
1 21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences
2 11 – Professional occupations in business and finance
3 01-05 – Specialized middle management occupations
4 12 – Administrative and financial supervisors and administrative occupations
5 22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences
6 40 – Professional occupations in education services
7 63 – Service supervisors and specialized service occupations
8 62 – Retail sales supervisors and specialized sales occupations
9 41 – Professional occupations in law and social, community and government services
10 06 – Middle management occupations in retail and wholesale trade and customer services
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