A foreign national who wishes to work inA work permit is generally required for a foreign national who intends to "work" in
generally requires a work permit . Work permits allow people to quickly begin working in Canada and can be a stepping stone toward Canadian Permanent Resident visas. Canada
There are 2 roads to obtain a work permit:
· 1. Labor Market Opinion (LMO) based Work PermitsSome work permits require an LMO from Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). Upon reception of an application from the Canadian employer, HRSDC will evaluate the impact on the Canadian labor market using factors such as wages and working conditions and the availability of Canadians or permanent residents to do the work in question. A positive LMO will only be given to an applicant where the impact on
· 2. LMO Exempt Work PermitsSome types of work permits may be issued without the need for a positive LMO. The criteria for these LMO exempt work permits are very specific and clearly defined. Exemptions fall into two main categories: those based on International Agreements, and those based on Canadian Interests.
A. International Agreements: example
NAFTA facilitates temporary entry for citizens of the
There are four categories of NAFTA work permits: (1) business visitors, (2) professionals; (3) intra-company transferees and (4) traders and investors.
In addition to NAFTA, there are other international agreements that facilitate the entry of foreign workers, to which