How to get employment authorization
To work in British Columbia, as a non Canadian Citizen or non Canadian Permanent Resident, you will require a valid work permit. A labour market opinion (LMO) must be conducted before Citizenship and Immigration Canada will issue a work permit.
To successfully receive a positive LMO and work permit, the following steps must be taken:
More information on how to apply for a work permit is available on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.
Pay special attention to the "Document Checklist" and include all requested information and documentation.
NAFTA work permit program
Under the NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) program, some professionals from the United States and Mexico are not required to have a LMO conducted in order to obtain a work permit. To qualify, the international applicant must work in one of the professions listed in the NAFTA professions list.