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Work Permit
I have an offer from a Canadian employer
Temporary Residence Permit/Denied Entry to Canada

I am interested in obtaining permanent residence in Canada as a:

Skilled Professional/Provincial Nominee
Spouse/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship
Work Visa
I have a job offer from a USA employer
Expanding Business to USA
K1/K3-Fiancee/Spousal Visa
Waiver/Denied entry to USA
Green Card

If you have a specific question or request or would like to provide us with further details regarding your immigration needs, please indicate here


Bring a Foreign Worker to Canada

Working In Canada | Immigration To Canada

Are you planning to work in Canada or start a business in Canada? Are you employed by a corporation and are responsible for the transfer of foreign national employees into Canada? A thorough understanding of the Canadian work permit application process is highly relevant in any of these instances.

What is Considered to be ‘Work’ for Canadian Immigration Purposes?

"Work" is an action for which remuneration is earned or an activity (paid or unpaid) that competes directly with the activities of Canadians in the Canadian labour market.

What are Canadian Work Permits?

Canada work visas are also known as work permits.

  • A work permit is necessary for a wide range of work-related activities that are to be carried out in Canada.
  • A work permit is always temporary, but can be extended from within Canada.
  • A work permit is always required unless the activity performed in Canada falls within “Business Visitor” or other enumerated activities.
  • The validity periods for work permits vary based on the specific circumstances of each case.

Securing a work permit for any country is a complicated process, requiring detailed information about the rules and regulations for entry into the country of destination and must be commenced in advance of the employee’s travel to Canada.

When can I carry out work without a Canada Work Permit?

Some examples of authorized work without a permit include:

  • Business Visitors (i.e. attending meetings)
  • After-Sales Service Providers (pursuant to a contract)
  • Emergency Service Providers
  • Performing Artists
  • Public Speakers

The General Rule:

Canada maintains a ‘Canadians first’ policy whereby work permits are only issued where a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is provided by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), confirming that the employment will not adversely affect Canadian citizens or those with Canada permanent resident status. There are different types of LMO’s issued by the HRSDC. For a full outline of the various LMO’s and their requirements please contact our Canadian immigration lawyers at 1-800-993-9971 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Exceptions to the General Rule:

International Agreements: Various international agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), or reciprocal agreements between Canada and other nations, allow for the issuance of a work permit without approval by the HRSDC.

Intra-Company Transferees: Employees deemed to be ‘Intra-Company Transferees’ do not require a work permit where the professional was employed by an overseas parent, subsidiary, affiliate or branch of a Canadian company for at least 12 months in the last 3 years in a designated occupation and where the Canadian and foreign companies are in a “qualifying corporate relationship”.

Significant Benefit Canada: Foreign national employees whose work is deemed to have significant economic, social or cultural benefits to Canada may be issued a work permit without approval by the HRSDC.

Spousal Work Permits: Spouses of foreign nationals who have been issued a work permit for Canada with a validity period of over six months may be issued a ‘spousal work permit’ enabling them to work for virtually any Canadian employer.

Religious workers: Religious workers and certain workers or professionals governed by reciprocal agreements between Canada and other countries (youth camp workers, teachers, working holiday visa holders) may be issued a work permit without approval by the HRSDC.

PNP: Provincial Nominee Program applicants in possession of a Provincial Nominee Certificate or Selection Certificate may be issued a work permit without approval by the HRSDC.

Off-Campus Work Permits: Foreign nationals studying at an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada may work on or off-campus without HRSDC approval, subject to some additional requirements.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP would be pleased to discuss your current and anticipated needs in the area of employee relocation and corporate immigration or individual immigration based on employment.

Contact Us

For further information with respect to U.S. and Canadian immigration or to find out if you or a company employee is eligible for temporary or permanent relocation to Canada or the U.S., we invite you to contact our experienced immigration lawyers and attorneys by contacting PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP at:

1-800-993-9971 or by clicking here: “Contact Us”.