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1.1  What is a temporary work authorization (work permit) ? 

A temporary employment authorization is a document issued by an immigration officer that enables the holder to engage or continue in employment in Canada for a specified employer and for a specified period of time. 
  

  

1.2  How do Canadian Immigration Authorities define "work" ?

Canadian Immigration regulations define “work” as an activity for which remuneration is earned or that competes directly with activities of Canadian citizens or permanent residents in the Canadian labor market.

  

   

1.3  Who needs a valid temporary employment authorization (work permit) to work in Canada ?

Generally, individuals who are not Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada require a valid Work Permit to work in Canada. However, foreign workers can do some jobs in Canada without a Work Authorization.

  

   

1.4  What are the different types of temporary employment authorizations (work permits) ?

There are two broad categories of work permits; those that relate to jobs requiring the Canadian Government department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) confirmation (HRSDC 2), and those that are exempt from HRSDC confirmation (HRSDC 1).

   

  

1.5  Who issues temporary employment authorization (work permit)?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), a department of the Canadian Government, issues work permits.

  

  

1.6  Who qualifies for a temporary employment authorization (work permit) in Canada ?

Generally, a temporary employment authorization may be issued to a person in good standing, where in the opinion of an immigration officer, employment of the person in Canada will not adversely affect employment opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents in Canada or affect the settlement of any labour dispute that is in progress at the place or intended place of employment. Such an opinion is usually formed following a favourable employment validation process conducted by a Human Resources Development Centre in Canada and in the absence of a medical or security inadmissibility. 

  

  

1.7  What is the Information Technology Workers Program ?

On May 5, 1997 in response to Canadian industry's inability to hire certain foreign workers, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), in conjunction with Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), Industry Canada (IC), and the Software Human Resources Council (SHRC), implemented a pilot project aimed at alleviating an identified shortage of skilled Canadian software development workers. The program permits the timely admission into Canada of certain temporary foreign information technology workers by expediting the validation component of the employment authorization process for the applicant, and the spouse. Persons admitted under this program will be permitted to engage or continue in employment in Canada for a specified employer and for a specified period of time.

  

  

1.8  Who qualifies for a temporary employment authorization (work permit) under the Information Technology Workers Program ?

  

Occupational Description

Qualifications

Embedded System Software Designer

  

Description

Designing, implementing and documenting real time embedded software for a variety of applications.

Education

Minimum entry requirements include: Bachelor degree (B.A.) or a 2 year Post Secondary diploma or certification with a computing element.

Language

Working proficiency in English and/or French (written and oral)

Experience

Two (2) years experience designing and  implementing real time software in a high or low level language. 

Salary

$45K $95K

Software Products Developer

 

Description

Designing and implementing software for end users.

Education

Bachelors degree (B.A.) or a 2 year Post secondary diploma/certification with a computing element.

Language

Working proficiency in English and/or French (written or oral)

Experience

Two (2) years experience with client/server applications

Salary

$45K $95K

MIS Software Designer

 

Description

Designing and implementing software for Management Information Systems.

Education

Bachelors degree (B.A.) or a 2 year Post secondary diploma/certification with a computing element.

Language

Working proficiency in English and/or French (written and oral).

Experience

Two (2) years experience with application development : programming, designing, and analysing real time OLTP (on line) transaction processing), RDBMS (relational database management systems), and large mainframe systems, large mainframe systems including experience with Year 2000 related activities such as impact analysis, code conversions, testing, compliance and auditing.

Salary

$45K $95K

Multimedia Software Developer

 

Description

Designing and implementing multimedia software for interactive computer based training (CBT) and promotional software applications. 

Education

Bachelors degree (B.A.) or a 2 year Post secondary diploma/certification with a computing element.

Language

Working proficiency in English and/or French (written and oral).

Experience

Two (2) years experience in elements in producing and incorporating the following elements into CBT and multimedia applications: digital video, 2D and 3D graphics, 2D and 3D animation, digitised audio.

Salary

$35K $50K

Senior Animation Effect Editor

 

Description

Composing and editing animation and digital effects (FX) for film and television

Education

Bachelors degree or equivalent technical school certification in film editing and/or computer graphics, or equivalent work experience. (Experience must be in animation, film, or digital effects)

Language

Working proficiency in English and/or French (written and oral).

Experience

Two (2) years experience with non linear composing and effects background, with traditional on/off line, an asset. Knowledge required and to be demonstrated in work experience, as a senior editor in production. At least two (2) years experience required with any or a combination of platforms and software and hardware in specific products/technologies including: Avid Mcxpress/SGI MAC; AVID Videoshop/MAC; Stata Videoshop/MAC; Flint/SGI; Flame/SGI; Harry/Henry/Hal/SGI; Edit Box/SGI; Illusion/SGI; Media 100/MAC; Premier/MAC/PC/ALPHA; After Effects/MAC/PC/ALPHA; Video Action Pro/MAC/PC; Final Cut/PC; Speed Razor Pro/ALPHA/PC; D Vision/SGI; Compose/MAC/ALPHA; Animation Master/MAC/ALPHA.

Salary

$65K $100K

Software developer Services

 

Description

Responsible for coding, testing, analysis, design, definition, development and implementation of application systems.

Education

Bachelors degree (B.A.) or a 2 year Post secondary diploma/certification with a computing element

Language

Working proficiency in English and/or French (written and oral).

Experience

Two (2) years experience designing and implementing software.

Salary

$40K+