There are a few things you should know before you arrive in Canada to work.
If you’re an International Experience Canada participant, there are special instructions for you.
When you arrive, tell the border services officer (BSO) that you have come here to work.
We’ll check your identity to make sure that you’re the same person who was approved to travel to Canada.
If you pass the identity check and meet the entry requirements, the BSO will stamp your passport or let you know how long you can stay in Canada. Ask questions if you’re not sure about something.
You won’t be allowed into Canada if you give false or incomplete information. You must convince the officer that you are eligible for entry into Canada. You’ll also have to convince the officer that you’ll leave Canada at the end of your approved stay.
You must show your Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction to the BSO, along with:
You should also have supporting documents, such as:
Once the BSO has checked your documents and confirms that you can enter Canada, the officer will print the actual work permit for you. If you have questions or there’s a mistake on your work permit, ask the officer before you leave.
Your employer must make sure you’re covered by medical and health insurance, and workers’ compensation, when you arrive in Canada.
The Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine-digit number that you will need to work in Canada and to access government programs and benefits. You should apply for a SIN as soon as possible after you arrive in Canada.
To apply for your SIN, contact the nearest Service Canada office.
If you have a spouse or common-law partner who wants to work in Canada, they must apply for their own work permit. Normally, they must meet the same rules as you do. This includes getting an LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada, if needed.
Your spouse or common-law partner may be able to apply for an open work permit that will let them accept any job with any employer.
Your dependent children may also apply to come with you to Canada, and if they wish, apply for a study or work permit.
Read your work permit carefully. It sets out all the conditions for working in Canada. If you do not meet those conditions, you could be asked to leave Canada.
Each province and territory has standards to protect employers and employees.
Labour standards include rules about:
If you have any questions about labour standards or if you think your employer is not meeting them, contact the ministry in charge of labour or employment standards in the province or territory where you work.
Find out how to contact the provincial/territorial or federal office responsible for labour or employment standards in the province or territory where you work.