Work in Canada temporarily

Canada is actively looking for foreign workers and experts to add to its national workforce. However, there are different approaches and conditions to be able to work in Canada. If your looking to work in Canada temporarily read this section carefully. For a foreign national to work in Canada, a valid work permit is a foremost requirement. Depending on the nature of the employment and work restrictions, the permit can be open or closed.

An open work permit is not job-specific and workers can work for any employer. This does not require a job offer or a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

You may be eligible for an open Work Permit if:

  • Your spouse or common-law partner is already working or planning to work in an occupation in Skill type O, A OR B of NOC in Canada.
  • Your spouse or common-law partner is currently studying in a recognized Designated Learning Institution in Canada.
  • You are an international student who has recently graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution.

A closed work permit is employer-specific and issued to a foreign worker to work for the specific employer that are listed on the LMIA.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The TFWP is a joint operation of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). TFWP allows Canadian employers to hire from abroad temporarily, to overcome the shortage in Canada’s workforce.

These work permits are closed and employer-specific. This requires employers to look for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who are willing or able to do the job prior to hiring a foreign worker.

TFWP allows employers to hire from the following streams:

  • Foreign agriculture worker
  • High wage worker
  • Low wage worker
  • In-home caregiver
  • Foreign academics
  • Global skills strategy

The TFWP program assures that the foreign worker’s employment safety and the deserving rights and protection.

LMIA is a requirement for applying for TFWP. This LMIA is proof that the employer made relevant efforts to hire Canadian citizen or a permanent resident for the given Job.

This process includes: –

  • The position is advertised for at least four weeks. Interviews of the consequent applicants conducted.
  • The employer is responsible for paying the 1000 dollars application fee for LMIA.
  • Employer hiring for high wage positions usually must provide a transition plan demonstrating employers intention to reduce reliance on temporary foreign workers over a period of time.

Applying for an LMIA is an expensive and time-consuming process. Failure to adhere to specific requirements of the application can make the employer receive a monetary penalty or a ban from hiring temporary foreign workers.

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