Work Permit in Canada

Determine your need for a work permit in Canada and learn about the application process to secure one.

Canadian Work Permit Types

Labour Market Impact Assessment

The Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in Canada is a document confirming that hiring a foreign worker for a specific job won’t negatively affect the Canadian job market. Employers need an LMIA before hiring a temporary foreign worker. If approved, it supports the foreign worker’s application for a work permit.

International Experience Canada

IEC offers young individuals the opportunity to travel and work in Canada for up to 2 years. Explore three unique work and travel experiences, starting with the Working Holiday category designed for those without a job offer.

Open Work Permit

A work permit grants legal permission for foreign nationals to work in Canada. An open work permit, uniquely, isn’t restricted to a single employer or location, enabling holders to work for multiple employers across Canada. It’s crucial to note that certain open work permits may carry additional requirements or restrictions for foreign nationals.

Post-Graduation Work Permit

PGWP are open work permits for international students graduating from Canadian programs. Valid for eight months to three years, PGWPs offer flexible employment opportunities across Canada, providing valuable work experience that enhances the prospects of obtaining Canadian permanent residence.

Easy Steps to Work in Canada


Eligibility Check Your Application
The initial step involves an eligibility check of your basic information and biometric status. We ensure that you meet all necessary criteria for a work permit application.


Collect and Review your Documents
You can follow our document checklist for the work permit application, sending us all required documents. We will thoroughly review all submitted documents and inform you promptly if any items pose a risk of refusal.


Type Forms for your Application
We will prepare the necessary forms for your application and provide you with the documentation for your review and signature.


Finalize and Submit your Application
We will finalize all the necessary documents and forms for your application. Subsequently, we will submit your work permit application through our online portal to IRCC.

Work Permit FAQ

A post-graduation work permit (PGWP) may be valid anywhere between eight months and up to three years. The length of your permit will depend on the length of the study program you completed in Canada. The permit won’t be longer than the length of your study program

Once an LMIA application undergoes processing, employers will receive a decision. A positive LMIA empowers employers to proceed with hiring a foreign national, while a negative LMIA signifies that the employer is not approved for such hiring.

Positive LMIAs hold validity for six months from the date of issuance. Subsequent to obtaining a positive LMIA, employers are required to inform the foreign national promptly, allowing them to initiate the application process for their work permit or permanent residence.

Under certain circumstances, employers have the option to expedite their LMIA application, shortening the processing time to 10 days. To be eligible for expedited processing, employers must be located outside of Quebec and meet specific requirements outlined by the relevant authorities.

A list of DLIs at the post-secondary level is available in the Global Case Management System (GCMS). Officers must use the IRCC DLI list.

“DLI number” is the external term used for Organization ID in GCMS. This number is assigned to a post-secondary institution once IRCC receives confirmation of its designation status from its provincial or territorial ministry of education. A list of all DLIs at the post-secondary level, along with their respective DLI numbers, is available on the IRCC website. Officers must ensure that the correct DLI number is associated with the application. A DLI number (Organization ID) can be found in GCMS under the “Organizations & Entities” tab; “Type = Organization”; “Sub Type = Designated learning institution”.

If you possess a study permit, you have the privilege to work without obtaining a separate work permit, and to secure part-time employment, it is imperative to possess a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN); nonetheless, the right to work ceases upon discontinuation of full-time studies or the expiration of the study permit.

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