Most foreign nationals need a work permit to work in Canada. There are 2 types of work permits.
Employer-specific work permit
- An employer-specific work permit lets you work in Canada according to the conditions on your work permit, such as: the name of the specific employer you can work for; how long you can work; the location where you can work (if applicable).
- Before you submit your application for an employer-specific work permit, the employer who wants to hire you must give you either a copy of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an offer of employment number to include in your application.
Open work permit (LMIA exempted)
- Applicants for PR within Canada with certain conditions
- Temporary resident permit holder
- Student or Destitute student
- Spouse of certain work or study permit holder
- Post-graduate student
- Applicant under certain international agreement