The many different types of work permits and their specific permissibilities can be very overwhelming. We are here to help you find the right work permit in order for you to work in Canada.


Work Permits

You can only apply for a work permit inside Canada if:
  • You have a valid study or work permit
  • Your spouse, common-law partner or parents have a valid study or work permit
  • You’ve graduated from a program at a:
    • Canadian university
    • Community college
    • CÉGEP
    • Publicly funded trade/technical school, or
    • Other eligible school
  • You have a temporary resident permit that is valid for six months or more
  • You’re waiting on a decision on an application for permanent residence from inside Canada
  • You made or will make a claim for refugee protection
  • You’ve been recognized as a convention refugee or protected person by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
  • You’re allowed to work in Canada without a work permit but you need a work permit to work in a different job, or
  • You’re a trader, investor, intra-company transferee or professional under NAFTA

If you want to work for a particular employer, you would need to apply for an employer-specific work permit. An employer-specific work permit lets you work in Canada according to the conditions on your work permit. Before you submit your application for an employer-specific work permit, your employer must be approved for hiring.

  • Show that you have enough money to take care of yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home
  • Obey the law and have no record of criminal activity
  • Not be a danger to Canada’s security
  • Be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed
  • Not plan to work for an employer listed with the status “ineligible” on the list of employers who failed to comply with the conditions
  • Not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services, or erotic massages
  • Prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires

Disclaimer: The material and information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Although best efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of information at the time of writing, we cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of all information. As information may change without notice, always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.