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Temporary Workers Program

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Every year, more and more foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily in jobs that help Canadian employers address skill shortages.

A work permit is needed for most temporary jobs in Canada, though for some positions and business people it is not necessary. Some temporary workers require a work permit and some do not. For some categories of workers, permits are approved more quickly.

The requirements and processing times depend on the sort of work you will do when you come to Canada. Remember, even if you do not need a work permit, you may need to meet other requirements. Your employer may need to get a labour market opinion from Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC).


A work permit is not an immigration document. It does not allow you to live in Canada permanently. To live here permanently, you must qualify under an immigration category, such as skilled worker.

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