Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (SOR/2002-227)

Regulations are current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2017-10-24. Previous Versions

Marginal note:International agreements

 A work permit may be issued under section 200 to a foreign national who intends to perform work pursuant to

  • (a) an international agreement between Canada and one or more countries, other than an agreement concerning seasonal agricultural workers;

  • (b) an agreement entered into by one or more countries and by or on behalf of one or more provinces; or

  • (c) an agreement entered into by the Minister with a province or group of provinces under subsection 8(1) of the Act.

Marginal note:Canadian interests

 A work permit may be issued under section 200 to a foreign national who intends to perform work that

  • (a) would create or maintain significant social, cultural or economic benefits or opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents;

  • (b) would create or maintain reciprocal employment of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada in other countries;

  • (c) is designated by the Minister as being work that can be performed by a foreign national on the basis of the following criteria, namely,

    • (i) the work is related to a research program,

    • (i.1) the work is an essential part of a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program offered by a designated learning institution as defined in section 211.1,

    • (i.2) the work is an essential part of a program at the secondary level

      • (A) that is a vocational training program offered by a designated learning institution in Quebec, or

      • (B) that is a program offered by a designated learning institution that requires students to work in order to obtain their secondary or high school diploma or certificate of graduation, or

    • (ii) limited access to the Canadian labour market is necessary for reasons of public policy relating to the competitiveness of Canada’s academic institutions or economy; or

  • (d) is of a religious or charitable nature.

  • SOR/2014-14, s. 7.
Marginal note:No other means of support
  •  (1) A work permit may be issued under section 200 to a foreign national in Canada who cannot support themself without working, if the foreign national

    • (a) has made a claim for refugee protection that has been referred to the Refugee Protection Division but has not been determined; or

    • (b) is subject to an unenforceable removal order.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Despite subsection (1), a work permit must not be issued to a claimant referred to in subsection 111.1(2) of the Act unless at least 180 days have elapsed since their claim was referred to the Refugee Protection Division.

  • SOR/2012-252, s. 2;
  • SOR/2014-139, s. 6(F).
Marginal note:Applicants in Canada

 A work permit may be issued under section 200 to a foreign national in Canada who

  • (a) [Repealed, SOR/2017-78, s. 9]

  • (b) is a member of the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class set out in Division 2 of Part 7;

  • (c) is a protected person within the meaning of subsection 95(2) of the Act;

  • (d) has applied to become a permanent resident and the Minister has granted them an exemption under subsection 25(1), 25.1(1) or 25.2(1) of the Act; or

  • (e) is a family member of a person described in any of paragraphs (a) to (d).

  • SOR/2010-252, s. 3;
  • SOR/2017-78, s. 9.
Marginal note:Humanitarian reasons

 A work permit may be issued under section 200 to a foreign national in Canada who cannot support themself without working, if the foreign national

  • (a) holds a study permit and has become temporarily destitute through circumstances beyond their control and beyond the control of any person on whom that person is dependent for the financial support to complete their term of study; or

  • (b) holds a temporary resident permit issued under subsection 24(1) of the Act that is valid for at least six months.

  • SOR/2004-167, s. 58.
Marginal note:Invalidity

 A work permit becomes invalid when it expires or when a removal order that is made against the permit holder becomes enforceable.

DIVISION 4Conditions Imposed on Employers

Definition of document

 For the purposes of this Division, document means anything on which information that is capable of being understood by a person, or read by a computer or other device, is recorded or marked.

  • SOR/2013-245, s. 7.
Marginal note:Foreign national referred to in subparagraph 200(1)(c)(ii.1)
  •  (1) An employer who has made an offer of employment to a foreign national referred to in subparagraph 200(1)(c)(ii.1) must, before the foreign national makes an application for a work permit in respect of that employment, provide the following information to the Minister by means of the electronic system that is made available by the Department for that purpose:

    • (a) their name, address and telephone number and their fax number and electronic mail address, if any;

    • (b) the business number assigned to the employer by the Minister of National Revenue, if applicable;

    • (c) information that demonstrates that the foreign national will be performing work described in section 204 or 205 or is a foreign national described in section 207; and

    • (d) a copy of the offer of employment made in the form made available by the Department.

  • Marginal note:Information provided — time

    (2) The information is deemed to be received on the date and at the time recorded in the electronic system.

  • Marginal note:Other means of providing information

    (3) If an employer is unable to provide the information by means of the electronic system because of a physical or mental disability, the information may be provided by another means that is made available by the Department for that purpose and that would enable the employer to provide the information, including a paper form.

  • SOR/2015-25, s. 2.
Marginal note:Foreign national referred to in subparagraph 200(1)(c)(ii.1)
  •  (1) An employer who has made an offer of employment to a foreign national referred to in subparagraph 200(1)(c)(ii.1) must comply with the following conditions:

    • (a) during the period of employment for which the work permit is issued to the foreign national,

      • (i) the employer must be actively engaged in the business in respect of which the offer of employment was made, unless the offer was made for employment as a live-in caregiver,

      • (ii) the employer must comply with the federal and provincial laws that regulate employment, and the recruiting of employees, in the province in which the foreign national works,

      • (iii) the employer must provide the foreign national with employment in the same occupation as that set out in the foreign national’s offer of employment and with wages and working conditions that are substantially the same as — but not less favourable than — those set out in that offer, and

      • (iv) the employer must make reasonable efforts to provide a workplace that is free of abuse; and

    • (b) during a period of six years beginning on the first day of the period of employment for which the work permit is issued to the foreign national, the employer must

      • (i) be able to demonstrate that any information they provided under subparagraph 200(1)(c)(ii.1) or section 209.11 was accurate, and

      • (ii) retain any document that relates to compliance with the conditions set out in paragraph (a).

  • Marginal note:Period of employment

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the period of employment for which the work permit is issued includes any period during which the foreign national may, under paragraph 186(u), work in Canada without a permit after the expiry of their work permit.

  • Marginal note:Justification

    (3) A failure to comply with any of the conditions set out in paragraph (1)(a) is justified if it results from any of the circumstances set out in subsection 203(1.1).

  • Marginal note:Justification

    (4) A failure to comply with either of the conditions set out in paragraph (1)(b) is justified if the employer made all reasonable efforts to comply with the condition.

  • SOR/2013-245, s. 7;
  • SOR/2015-25, s. 3;
  • SOR/2017-56, s. 3.
 
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