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Foreign workers who are coming to Canada for a non-discretionary purpose are allowed to enter the country under certain conditions:

  • have a valid work permit and primary residence in Canada. (This applies even if the worker has been laid off); or
  • have a letter of introduction for a work permit (open or employer-specific), have a valid job offer, and can work once entering Canada, after completing the 14-day quarantine (unless an exemption applies).

Travel restrictions and exemptions for temporary workers: foreign nationals eligible to work without a work permit and workers providing essential services are exempt from travel restrictions.

February 21, 2021: all travellers including workers must meet the new testing and quarantine requirements when coming to Canada.

They must:

  • take the test within 72 hours of your scheduled flight departure time for your flight that lands in Canada
  • provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test
  • keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada

All travellers entering Canada will be required to take a test before leaving the airport, stay at a hotel designated by the government for 3 days while waiting for the test result. Even if the test is negative, an additional 11-day quarantine is required.

Testing and quarantine exemptions apply for certain essential services workers.

Temporary workers enter Canada for a period of time to fill critical skill shortages. These workers are usually provided with a Temporary Work Permit before leaving their home country.

There are many ways to qualify for a Work Permit. In most situations, the worker will need a job offer from a Canadian employer to apply for a work permit.

Work Permit Programs

Work Permit via LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment): Before hiring an international worker, most employers need a government authorization that comes through an approved LMIA application. LMIAs are processed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) which ensures that the entry of these workers will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market. Foreign nationals included in an approved LMIA are then able to apply for a work permit.

International Mobility Program

The IMP allows workers to apply for a work permit without a LMIA. The exceptions include professionals and business investors defined on international agreements, due to Canadian interests such as significant benefit or reciprocal employment, and public policies, workers without other means of support such as refugees, permanent residence applicants in Canada, vulnerable workers, and humanitarian reasons.



March 1, 2021: IEC pools are open for the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and United Kingdom.

Working Holiday Work Permit - Due to current travel restrictions, Working Holiday candidates will have to provide proof of a valid job offer to receive an invitation to apply for the 2021 season.

The International Experience Canada is the pathway for young professionals looking to gain work experience in Canada. The Program is available to citizens from countries or territories that have an agreement with Canada allowing them to apply for an IEC work permit.

There are 3 categories of work permit under the IEC Program:

  • Working Holiday: for candidates without a job offer in Canada.
  • Young Professionals: for candidates with a job offer in Canada in an occupation NOC skill level 0, A or B, and, in some specific situations, skill level C
  • International Co-op (Internship): for candidates registered at a post-secondary institution and have a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada

The eligibility requirements vary according to the country of citizenship. Usually, the candidates have to be between the ages of 18 and 35, have minimum of $2,500 CAD to cover the expenses in Canada, and be admissible to Canada.



PGWP new policy in force: Foreign workers in Canada with an expired or expiring PGWP and affected by the pandemic will be able to apply for another open work permit so they can remain in Canada and pursue the work experience needed to qualify for permanent residency.

PGWP holders can apply for an open work permit under the public policy whether they:

  • have a PGWP that expired on or after January 30, 2020, or a PGWP that expires in 4 months or less from the date they apply
  • still are in Canada
  • have a valid temporary status, or are applying to restore their status

The new work permit will be valid for 18 months. Applications will be open from January 27 to July 27, 2021.

The PGWP is available for full-time students who graduated in eligible Canadian post-secondary institutions and programs.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Complete a PGWP-eligible program at one of the Designated Learning Institutions. Academic, vocational or professional training programs at least 8 months long which grant a degree, diploma or certificate are eligible;
  • Take minimum of 50% of the Program by in-class courses (Some exceptions apply due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
  • Have studied full time (have taken at least 3 courses of the Program) in each semester, except for the last one.
  • Have received the transcript and letter of completion of the program issued by the Designated Learning Institution.

The PGWP expiry depends on the length of the program the student has completed and is at the discretion of the Canadian immigration IRCC. For 1-year programs, the student usually receives a work permit valid for 1 year; for 2-year or longer programs, the work permit expiry varies from 2 to 3 years.


Some international students are allowed to work in Canada, inside and outside the campus, for any employer, if taking a full-time eligible program at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). They can work part-time while taking classes and full-time during summer breaks. Foreign students can also apply for Co-op Work Permit when taking an eligible co-op program.

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