You usually need a work permit to work in Canada. In some cases, you can work without a permit. Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), IRCC brings in foreign workers to address labor market shortages and provide economic opportunities for Canadians
With a few exceptions, foreign workers must have an approved job offer and a work permit before arriving in Canada.
Canada work visas are issued under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Foreign workers must have an approved job offer and a work permit before arriving in Canada under the TFWP. The TFWP is intended to help Canadian employers recruit foreign workers in response to labor market shortages.
TFWP is made up of following streams:
- Skilled workers,
- The Agricultural Worker Program,
- Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
- The Caregiver Program.
On June 18, 2019, Canada government launched a new caregiver program. According to which you may be able to apply for permanent residence through the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot if you:
- meet the eligibility requirements, and
- have a job offer to work in one of these occupations
Through these pilots, you’ll get an open work permit to come to Canada and work temporarily. This work permit:
- Is occupation-restricted (so you have to work in that specific occupation)
- Doesn’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
- Lets you get the work experience you need to be eligible for permanent residence
In some cases, foreign workers may qualify to work in Canada without an LMIA under various programs, such as the International Mobility Program that includes working holidays visa, young professionals and international co-op internship. International Experience Canada (IEC) provides youth with the opportunity to travel and work in Canada. The IEC program is available in countries that have a consensual youth mobility arrangement with Canada.
Depending on where you are from, you can choose from up to three travel and work experiences: