How do I work in Canada?

How do I work in Canada? How do I work in Canada?

1 Expert Answer

Shikha Bhuchar

Co-Founder, Arrive | Director, RBC Ventures,  Arrive

Foreign nationals will need a work permit to be allowed to work in Canada. However, sometimes you may be eligible to work in Canada without a work permit.


There are two types of work permits:

  • Open work permit: This allows you to work for any employer in Canada and you can only get an open work permit in specific situations.
  • Employer-specific work permit: Also called a closed work permit specifies the name of the employer you can work for, location, and for how long you can work.


The other way individuals from other countries can legally work in Canada is to apply for International Experience Canada (IEC) which is also known as a Working Holiday Visa. Learn more about IEC, check eligibility, and get information on processing times and fees on the government website.


International students in Canada may also be eligible to work. Some study permits list a condition that says you’re allowed to work on- or off-campus while in school. However, once you graduate, you’ll need to apply for a work permit in Canada or apply for a Post-graduate Work Permit (PGWP), or apply for permanent residence.

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