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I am a foreign worker on implied status. My Social Insurance Number (“SIN”) has expired and my employer is insisting that I can no longer legally work in Canada. Is this true?

No. If you are on implied status, meaning that you applied to extend your work permit prior to the expiry of your initial permit, you may continue to work under…

My employer is changing the name of the company. Do I have to apply for a new work permit?

Generally, yes. If your employer has changed the name of the company, you are required to demonstrate the name change and provide proof of the links between the new company…

What happens to foreign workers when their employer merges with another company or is acquired?

Generally, a foreign worker is not required to secure a new work permit in the following circumstance: The companies (i.e., the original employer and the new employer) run the same…

Do I require an eTA or Temporary Resident Visa (visitor visa) to work in Canada?

The answer depends on the citizenship of the foreign worker. Some foreign nationals require an eTA or visitor visa to be authorized to travel to Canada. Therefore, foreign workers from…

I did not apply to extend my work permit prior to the expiry date. What are my options?

You may be eligible to restore your status as a temporary worker if you meet the following requirements: Submit an application to restore your status within 90 days of the…

Can an employer ask a foreign worker to forfeit and/or contract out of his/her rights?

No. A foreign worker cannot agree to or contract out of his/her rights as prescribed under either the Employment Standards Act, 2000 or the Employment Protections for Foreign Nationals Act,…

What is the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009?

Ontario’s Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009 (the “EPFNA”) provides key rights and obligations for recruiters, employers, and foreign workers. Specifically, the EPFNA applies to foreign nationals who work…

Am I required to complete a medical exam to obtain a work permit in Canada?

The answer depends on the following factors: Whether you wish to work in a sector where the protection of public health is a priority, including professions in healthcare, childcare, or…

Can I apply for a work permit at the port of entry?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions the Government of Canada has put in place in response, including the closure of the Canadian border, most foreign nationals…