This section explains how and when to obtain a work permit. It outlines special provisions for certain fields – such as information technology, tool and die machinists, construction, and seasonal agricultural work. It also has information for international students who want to work.
If you want to work in Canada for a limited period of time, in most cases, you must have a valid work permit issued by the Canadian government.
About Work Permits
The rules for working temporarily (for a specific length of time) in Canada:
Getting a Temporary Work Permit
Temporary Worker Programs in Ontario
Work Permits for International Students
International students who wish to study in Ontario must come with enough money to live and pay bills while studying. In some situations, students are able to work while studying and after graduating. If you plan on working temporarily in Ontario after you graduate, you will need a work permit.
Working Permanently in Ontario
Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (Opportunities Ontario) is an avenue that may allow you to live and work in Ontario permanently. Opportunities Ontario allows Ontario to nominate people for permanent resident status, and have their application fast-tracked by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). CIC will still perform important functions such as security and health checks on applicants. To learn more about Opportunities Ontario, please click here.