Updated: Mar 30, 2021
Extension of public policy allowing visitors to apply for work permits inside Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic
Ottawa, March 29, 2021—A temporary public policy that allows visitors to apply for and receive a work permit without having to leave Canada will be extended to August 31, 2021. The criteria will also be modified to allow any visitor who has a valid job offer to apply for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of the date they initially entered Canada.
Effective April 1, 2021, an applicant looking to benefit from this temporary public policy must
have valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day they apply
have remained in Canada with valid status
have a valid job offer
submit an in-Canada application for an employer-specific work permit that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment, no later than August 31, 2021
meet all other standard admissibility criteria
For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.