Can I get a work permit?
If you are a refugee claimant and you are 15 years old or older, you can apply to get a work permit to work in Canada. If you want to work in Canada, you need a valid work permit.
How do I apply for a work permit?
There is no cost for your work permit if you are a refugee claimant. BUT if you get a negative decision on your refugee claim, there will be a cost of $155.
Can I start working right away when I get my work permit?
You can’t start working until you have gotten a special number called a “Social Insurance Number,” also know as a SIN
Once you have your SIN, you can start working. You need to give your SIN to your new workplace so that they can start to pay you
Will my work permit expire?
Yes! Your work permit will expire. Make sure you look at it closely and remember the date that it expires. Most work permits expire in one or two years.
Can I keep working while I wait for my new work permit?
If you filled out forms at the border/airport or you filled out the online portal to make your refugee claim, you might have checked a box that said you want a work permit.
If you did this, your work permit will come to you in the mail after you do your immigration medical exam.
If you do not receive your work permit automatically after 3 or 4 months, contact a refugee centre to ask for help.