There are a few things you should know about before you arrive in Canada to work.
Presenting your documents
When you enter Canada, tell the border services officer (BSO) that you have come here to work.
If you have a letter of introduction that says you are approved to work in Canada, bring it with you. This letter is not a travel document and it is not your work permit, but it can help show that you can work in Canada.
You should also have supporting documents, such as the letter that offers you a job. If you have the labour market opinion (LMO) confirmation number for your offer, give it to the BSO.
Once the border services officer has checked your documents, they will print the actual work permit for you.
Medical and health insurance, and workers' compensation, in Canada
Your employer must make sure you are covered by medical and health insurance, and workers' compensation, when you arrive in Canada.
Getting a social insurance number
You must have a social insurance number (SIN) to work in Canada.
You can pick up an application form for a SIN at the point where you enter Canada. You can also download the form from the Service Canada website.
Fill out the application form and submit it in person with your supporting documents at a Service Canada Centre. Instructions are on the form. When you get your SIN, give the number to your employer.
Your spouse working in Canada
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 LMO 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 children working in Canada
Your dependent children may also apply for an open work permit in some provinces.
Staying in Canada
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.
Employment and labour standards
Each province and territory has standards to protect employers and employees.
Labour standards include rules about:
- minimum wages,
- hours of work,
- rest periods and
- days of rest.
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.
To find out more about employment standards and your rights, see Understand your rights - Temporary foreign workers.
Labour standards organizations
Find out how to contact the office in charge of labour or employment standards in the province or territory where you work: