WHAT IS A WORK PERMIT?
It is a written authorization to work in Canada issued by an officer to a person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. It is required whether or not the employer is in Canada. Usually, it is valid only for a specified job and length of time. A work permit may be issued based on labour market opinion (HRSDC confirmation) or may be issued on the basis of other requirements.
WHO REQUIRES A WORK PERMIT?
Anyone who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident who wishes to work in Canada, needs to be authorized to do so. Depending on the nature of the activity, in some cases the individual is authorized to work by virtue of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. But in most cases, he or she will need to obtain a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada to work legally in Canada.
WHAT IS A HUMAN RESOURCES AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT CANADA (HRSDC) CONFIRMATION?
An HRSDC confirmation is the opinion provided by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) to the officer which enables him to determine whether the employment of the foreign worker is likely to have a positive or negative impact on the labour market in Canada. An HRSDC confirmation may be required in order for a work permit to be issued.