Obtaining work permits for new hires

Last updated: February 19, 2019

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Work permits

If you’re hiring someone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, they will need a valid work permit before they can work in Canada. There are many types of work permits, so assess which option is best given your candidate’s citizenship, education and experience.

Work permits are issued by specific work permit programs, with each program having different eligibility criteria, such as citizenship, occupation or type of employment. In some situations, you may be able to choose from different work permit programs, and in other cases, the program you choose may depend on processing times or the level of complexity of the application.

Choosing the most applicable work permit program

The following questions can help you determine which work permit program is best for your candidate’s situation: