While most types of work require that you have a valid work permit, there are some exceptions, such as athletes, coaches, emergency service providers and clergy, just to name a few.

Additionally, there are many types of work permits to reflect the diversity of employment programs and labour shortages in Canada.

If you are offered employment in Canada, your employer may need to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to allow you to apply for a work permit.  However, you may qualify for an LMIA exemption through the International Mobility Program (IMP).

Depending on your education, experience, language ability and prospective employment in Canada, you may be able to apply for a work permit.

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