Certain period of time (typically less than one year), but this can often be extended.
You may also need a medical examination prior to entering Canada . If you have a spouse and/or children, they will be allowed to accompany you, but they will usually require their own authorizations to work or study in Canada , though there are exceptions for certain occupations.
Generally, work permits are granted when a Canadian employer can show that the skills it requires for a job are not easily found in Canada .
A work permit must not have a negative impact on the job market for Canadian citizens. Your employer will have to apply for a Labour Market Opinion – you will need this document to apply for your work permit.
Individuals who do not need a work permit to work temporarily in Canada
Here are the main categories of individuals who do not require a work permit to work in Canada . Note however, that even though you may not need a work permit, you will still need a temporary resident visa if you are a citizen of one of these countries .
People coming to Canada on business do not need a work permit. Business visitors must work for a company located outside of Canada . Business visitors cannot directly enter the Canadian labour market.
Diplomats and official representatives of other countries or the United Nations and their staff, do not need a work permit to work in Canada .
Family Members of Foreign Representatives
Family members of accredited diplomats may work in Canada without a permit if they have a “no objection letter” from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Members of an armed force from another country may work in Canada without a permit if they possess movement orders which state that they are entering Canada under the terms of the Visiting Forces Act.
Foreign Government Officers
Canada has exchange agreements with some countries for public officials to work in each other's government departments. Government officials coming to work in Canada should bring a formal letter of agreement if their period of work is longer than three months.
Certain foreign students studying in Canada can work on their campus without a work permit.
Foreign artists and their essential supporting staff coming to Canada to perform do not need a permit if they are only performing in Canada for a limited period of time and will not be performing in a bar or restaurant. Artists working in Canada in this category may not enter into an employment relationship with the Canadian group that has contracted for their services. Artists must also not perform for the production of a movie, television or radio broadcast.
Athletes and Coaches
Foreign teams, athletes and coaches may compete in Canada without a work permit.
Reporters working for foreign newspapers, television channels, news agencies, or companies involved in reporting news events may work in Canada to report on events in Canada .
Guest speakers, commercial speakers or seminar leaders may speak or deliver training in Canada without a work permit as long as the event is not longer than five days.
Organizers and administrative staff who are organizing meetings or conventions in Canada do not need a work permit.
Note: Service providers, such as those who provide audio-visual services and other such “hands-on” help, do need a work permit to work in Canada .
Persons who are coming to Canada to work as ordained ministers, lay persons or members of a religious order, do not need a work permit to perform their religious duties or assist a religious group. These religious duties may include preaching doctrine, presiding at liturgical functions or spiritual counseling.
Judges and Referees
Officials at international amateur competitions may come to Canada to judge or officiate without a work permit.
Examiners and Evaluators
Professors and academic experts may come to Canada to evaluate or supervise academic projects, research proposals or university theses. This applies to Canadian research organizations as well as academic institutions.
Expert Witnesses or Investigators
Experts may work in Canada without a work permit to give evidence for a regulatory body, tribunal or court of law.
Health Care Students
Foreign health-care students can do their clinical clerkships or short-term work in Canada without a work permit if the work is for the primary purpose of acquiring training Health care students must have written approval from the Canadian regulatory board responsible for their occupation. A normal training practicum should not exceed four months.
Note: Although a work permit is not required, a Canadian Immigration medical exam is required before entry.
Civil Aviation Inspector
Inspectors coming to Canada to do safety inspections of flight operations or cabin safety of commercial airlines doing international flights do not need a work permit.
Accident or Incident Inspector
Accredited representatives or advisors coming to Canada do not need a work permit to work as part of an aviation accident or incident investigation conducted under the authority of the Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act.
Foreign members of a crew working on foreign vehicles (for example: flight attendants or shipping crew) do not need a work permit if the vehicle is in Canada for the international transportation of cargo or passengers.
Emergency Service Providers
Persons coming into Canada to help out in emergencies do not need a work permit if they are entering to help preserve life or property. Examples of emergencies would be natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes, or industrial accidents threatening the environment.
- Kitchen Porter
- House Keeping
- Room Service
- Banqueting Dept
- Restaurant Manager
- Bar Manager
- Front Office Manager
- Graphic Designer
- Seasonal Agriculture & Horticulture Worker
- Social Worker
- Home support & Child Care
- Administrative & Clark
- Sales Service
- General worker for Warehouse & Farmhouse
- Bluchers & Bakers
- Heavy Driver
- Customer Care