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Who Needs a Temporary Work Permit for Canada

When a Temporary Work Permit for Canada is Required

Anyone who is not a Canadian citizen or a Canadian permanent resident who wants to work in Canada must be authorized. Usually that means getting a temporary work permit for Canada.

When a Temporary Work Permit for Canada is Not Required

Some temporary workers do not need a temporary work permit for Canada. Categories of workers exempted from needing a temporary work permit include diplomats, foreign athletes, clergy and expert witnesses. These exemptions may change at any time, so please check with the visa office responsible for your area to confirm that you are exempt from a temporary work permit.

Special Procedures for Temporary Work Permits

Some job categories in Canada have streamlined procedures for applying for a temporary work permit or have different requirements.

The process and documents required to work temporarily in the province of Quebec are different, so check the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles for details.

Eligibility to Apply as You Enter Canada

You can apply for a temporary work permit as you enter Canada if you meet the following requirements:

  • you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, Greenland or Saint-Pierre et Miquelon

  • you do not need a medical exam

  • you do not need a temporary resident visa to visit Canada

  • your job does not need a labour market opinion from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) or you have a labour market opinion from HRSDC.
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