Work Permit

Work Permit

A work permit is a written authorization to work in Canada issued by an officer to a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. It is required if the employment location is in Canada, whether or not the employer is in Canada. The program was created by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to deal with shortages in the labour market by helping Canadian employers find and recruit foreign employees to work in Canada.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a work permit in Canada, you need:

Open Work Permit

An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, except for an employer who:

Employer-Specific Work Permit

An employer-specific work permit allows a foreign worker to work for a specific employer for a certain amount of time. You are allowed to work according to the conditions on your work permit, which include:

Most employers need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before they can hire a temporary foreign worker. A LMIA is a document that confirms there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job and that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is available to do the job. 


There are dozens of LMIA Exemptions available, most common are work permits covered under NAFTA, GATS and Intra-Company Transfer provisions. They do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment. LMIA-Exempt work permits are still employer, location and occupation specific.

How We Help

Since there are many different types of work permits available, it can be difficult to decide which one is beneficial for a long term. At CD Immigration, our professionals help individuals with this process by selecting the best work visa for all of the applicants. We will help you prepare and submit all of the required documents to avoid errors and reduce risks that can hinder the visa process.

Contact CD Immigration today to learn more about all of the different exemptions available and if you qualify for one. 

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