The annual average Canadian salary for full-time employees was over $54,630 in 2020. And it has a positive growth curve for the future years!

The Canadian job market offers competitive wages and strong opportunities for professional growth and development. This makes it highly lucrative for international applicants who wish to work in Canada.

Employer-specific work permits or closed work permits are issued to temporary workers under the TFWP. They allow you to work in Canada according to the specific conditions on your work permit, which include:

  •       the name of the employer you can work for;
  •       how long you can work; and
  •       the location where you can work

Requirements for Work Permit

You need to submit a work permit application with all the required documents to the IRCC. You may have to include the following documents:

  •       Valid job offer letter;
  •       Proof that you meet the requirements of the job offer;
  •       Copy of a positive LMIA or LMIA number;
  •       Proof of your English or French language abilities via test results;
  •       Medical examination (if needed);
  •       Valid passport;
  •       Police clearance certificate (if asked); and
  •       Show proof of funds to take care of yourself and any accompanying family members during your stay, and to return home

Processing Time

Typically, processing times for Canadian work permit applications under the TFWP can run for many months with a few exceptions. Temporary workers with LMIAs through the Global Talent Stream and their family members may be eligible for two-week processing.

Program Benefits

Working in Canada as a temporary foreign worker allows you to gain significant Canadian work experience. Not only will this make your resume stand out from the rest but it can increase your chances of becoming a permanent resident. The majority of Canadian immigration programs favour applicants with work experience gained in the country as opposed to foreign work experience. For example, Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) require most applicants to have 6-12 months of local work experience.

What is an LMIA?

The name of the labour market test is called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The federal government department that oversees the LMIA process is called Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). A positive or neutral LMIA is issued by ESDC when it is satisfied that there is no Canadian citizen or permanent resident available to do the job. A negative LMIA is issued when it believes there are domestic workers available to do the job and hiring a foreign national will harm workers in Canada.

Typically, employers in Canada that wish to hire a foreign national are required to get a positive or neutral LMIA from ESDC. Once this is granted, the foreign national can apply for his/her work permit. Once the individual gets his/her work permit, he/she can go ahead and move to Canada to begin working for the employer. 

Note: The Canadian Temporary Work Permit is for those foreign workers who plan on working in Canada for a finite period of time. To work and live in Canada on a permanent basis, foreign workers must undertake the Canadian permanent residence process.

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