Most people need a permit to work temporarily in Canada. There are two types of work permits: open work permits and employer-specific work permits.

Open work permits allow you to work temporarily for almost any employer. Check this list of situations to see if you may be eligible for an open work permit. Employer-specific work permits allow you to work for a particular employer at a set location for a set period of time.

A temporary work permit is not a visa. In addition to your work permit, you will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to Canada, unless you are from a visa-exempt country. If you renew or extend your work permit, you will need to reapply for a new eTA separately.

See the Government of Canada's website for more information about work permits and visas.

International students

If you are an international student with a study permit in Canada you may qualify to gain work experience by working on or off campus while completing your studies.

A study permit is not a visa. In addition to your study permit, you will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to Canada, unless you are from a visa-exempt country. If you renew or extend your study permit, you will need to reapply for a new eTA separately.

See the Government of Canada's website for more information about study permits and visas, working on or off campus, co-op placements and internships, work permits for your accompanying spouse and working in Canada after your graduation.

The international student office at your university or college can also provide information.

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