Work Permit in Canada
Every year, more than 90,000 foreign workers come to Canada to start a temporary job here and help the Canadian employers fill up the shortage of skilled worker personnel.
The Regulations of Citizenship and Immigration Canada specify that the worker class is a category of persons who come to Canada with a temporary work permit and who may become temporary residents. “Work” is defined in the Regulations 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.
“Wages" or "commission” includes salary or wages paid by an employer to an employee, remuneration or commission received for fulfilling a service contract, or any other situation where a foreign national receives payment for performing a service.
What is a work permit for Canada and how to get it
Examples of “temporary work” include, but are not limited to:
Activity that is not considered to be “work”: an activity which does not really ‘take away’ opportunities for Canadians or permanent residents to gain employment or experience in the workplace is not “work” for the purposes of the definition.
Examples of activities for which a person would not normally be remunerated or which would not compete directly with Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents in the Canadian labour market and which would normally be part-time or incidental to the reason that the person is in Canada include, but are not limited to:
A temporary work permit in Canada is required for a foreign individual to work legally in Canada for a specific period of time. This kind of authorization to work in Canada requires prior approval - the case is processed at a Canadian visa office before the arrival in Canada and is a complex process to get a work permit in a quick and efficient manner. There are particular cases when the application for work permit could be made at a Canadian port of entry (border, airport, etc.)
Some applicants for a Canadian work permit will be required to undergo medical examinations before the work permit visa is issued, which can also effect the duration of the application process. This depends on specific criteria such as the duration of the work permit being requested, the residence of the applicant in the 12 months prior to the application, and the type of occupation (nurses and teachers will require medical examinations).
This website contains information on the work permit required to work in Canada to fill a temporary job.