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How to Work in Canada

Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations define work as “an activity for which wages are paid or commission is earned or that competes directly with activities of Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents in the Canadian Labour Market.”

If you want to work in Canada, you need to be eligible to apply for a Work Permit. In most cases, the first requirement to obtain a Work Permit is to obtain a job offer from a Canadian Employer.

For those who are single and between the ages of 18 – 35 you may be eligible to work in Canada without a job offer. Please refer to the “Working Holiday” section below for more details on those programs.

Once you have received a job offer from a Canadian employer, in most cases the next step is for the employer to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment to allow them to hire a foreign national. You will also be required to submit a copy of the Labour Market Impact Assessment with your Work Permit Application.

Once you have these documents in place you can then proceed to submit your Work Permit application. These can be applied for online, in person at your local Visa Application Centre or via courier. You will need to follow the instructions for the country you are applying from within.

When applying for a Work Permit you may be able to obtain permits for your spouse and dependent children to accompany you to Canada. Also, depending on the level of the position being offered to you, your spouse may be eligible for an Open Work Permit. For any children who wish to accompany you to Canada you need to remember that only children under the age of 19 can be included with your application.

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