Canada welcomes hundreds of thousands of temporary foreign workers each year. A number of situations may occur when an individual can perform work in Canada without needing to secure a Temporary Work Permit.
Foreign workers tend to need Canadian work permits, but there are exceptions. Navigate the menu below to learn everything you need to know on working in Canada on a temporary basis.
An individual who is eligible to work without a work permit may still require a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada on a temporary basis.
Open work permits are highly sought after for the freedom they give their holders. While most work permits are tied to a specific employer, an open work permit allows a foreign national to work for any employer in Canada and the freedom to move from location to location at their own discretion. By gaining Canadian work experience, many foreign nationals will improve their eligibility for Canadian permanent residency.
The following scenarios have been identified as instances where foreign nationals may perform work in Canada without a work permit: