What is a work permit?

A Canadian work permit is a document that allows you to work in Canada. Foreign nationals may not work in Canada unless authorized.

There are several types of Canadian work permits. However, to make it easier they can be divided into 2 broad categories.


There is no occupation or employer specific restriction. Therefore, you can work for any employer.

The most common example is the post graduate work permit (PGWP).


Due to restrictions, you may either have an employer specific work permit or an occupation specific.

The most common example is a LMIA based work permit.

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Why choose Canada to work?

Service industry contributes over 70% to Canada’s GDP. Canada added over 200,000 new jobs in 2019 and has maintained over 2% growth rate. Canada’s need for skilled workers and openness towards newcomers make Canada a great place to work.

There are several ways to come to Canada for work. Your nationality is a major deciding factor in how easy or difficult it is for you come to Canada and work. For example, if your country has an agreement with Canada or you use a recognized organization, you may be eligible under the International Experience Canada. Further, North American Free Trade Agreement may also be an option to explore if you qualify. Also, there are other programs such as post graduate work permit, closed work permit based on LMIA, Intra-company transfer etc.

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Key points to remember on a Canadian work permit application!

Applying for a Canadian work permit open or closed can be a challenging task without a proper understanding of the requirements and the process.
  • Stay away from unauthorized agents/consultants.
  • Prove that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires.
  • Obey the law and do not involve in any criminal activity.
  • Not be a danger to Canada’s security.
  • Do not plan to work with ineligible employers.
  • Avoid exiting Canada to get the permit at the POE (Port of Entry).
  • Review your eligibility before applying for the work permit.
  • Provide additional documents if requested.