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How long may a work permit be issued for?

Generally, the maximum period that a work period can be issued for is thirty-six (36) months. The validity period of the work permit will further depend on the following three…

I have a job offer from a Canadian employer. Am I automatically eligible for a work permit?

No. In general, for most temporary work permits, in order to be eligible, the job offer must be considered valid, meaning either be: Supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment…

Do I need a job offer to work in Canada?

Generally, yes. A foreign worker is required to have a valid job offer from a Canadian employer to secure a work permit. However, the exception lies where the foreign national…

Are all temporary foreign workers eligible for an open work permit?

No. Open work permits are generally only issued to the following categories of foreign workers: Spouses of foreign individuals with Canadian study or work permits; Foreign individuals who are in…

What types of work permits are issued in Canada?

In Canada, there are two types of work permits that are issued – open work permits and employer-specific work permits. The first type of work permit, an open work permit,…

Are temporary foreign workers entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits?

Generally, yes. Under the Employment Insurance Act, all “insured” workers may access EI benefits given that they have paid their EI premiums and have satisfied the minimum requirements, including completion…

Do foreign workers have to pay their employer back for relocation related costs, such as fees associated with obtaining a work permit?

No. Foreign workers are protected at both the federal and provincial levels.  For example, Ontario has specific employment protections for foreign workers. The Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act (“EPFNA”)…

What is a foreign worker’s entitlement if their employment is terminated?

Foreign workers are entitled to termination pay and severance pay, where applicable, as outlined under the Employment Standards Act, 2000. Further, subject to what may be stated in a written…

Do foreign workers have protections against discrimination?

Foreign workers have the same human rights protections as other Ontario workers. The Ontario Human Rights Code sets out several protected grounds. Protected grounds for purposes of employment include citizenship,…