Working in BC temporarily

Myth of fact?

You need a job offer from a local employer before applying for a work permit in BC.
  • Myth
  • Fact

Each year, BC employers hire workers from around the world, often to meet short-term needs. Learn more about coming to work in BC temporarily, and your rights once you arrive.

What you should know

Apply for a work permit

Common questions

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in March 2019
  • Time to read: 16 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Marina Sedai, Sedai Law Office; Fuerza Migrante, Fuerza Migrante; and Meera Thakrar, Larlee Rosenberg

Marina Sedai
Fuerza Migrante
Meera Thakrar

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