Work in Canada without authorization | Working illegally

In this article, I explore work in Canada without authorization. I also talk about the scenarios that could result in illegal work in Canada. Moreover, I explain the consequences for the employers and employees.

Who has the authorization to work in Canada?

Generally speaking, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada may work anywhere in our country. Nonetheless, they may not engage in prohibited jobs and criminal activities. They could face fines and prison time in those situations. Moreover, certain criminal activities could make permanent residents of Canada inadmissible. Consequently, they may lose their PR status.

If you are a foreign national, you may still work in Canada. However, you must meet one of the following conditions:

If you do not meet the conditions, you work in Canada without authorization. Consequently, you are operating illegally.

The consequences of working without authorization

As an unauthorized worker, you are in breach of the Immigration Act. The immediate outcome is inadmissibility under subsection 41(a) of IRPA. Consequently, you will receive an Exclusion Order. You have to leave Canada. However, you may return if you receive an ARC or if at least one year passes from your departure. Of course, unless you are a US citizen, you still need a TRV or an eTA to go back to Canada.

Sometimes the situation could get complicated. Thus, you could face other problems such as inadmissibility because of criminality or misrepresentation. Consult with a practitioner for more information.

The consequences of hiring an unauthorized worker

Employers who hire workers without authorization breach paragraph 124(1)(c) of IRPA. Consequently, they could face up to two years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines. Of course, the final say is by a judge. Moreover, if the employer is a foreign national or a PR, they could face inadmissibility issues.

Work in Canada without authorization for work permit holders

Work permit holders must obey the conditions imposed on their work permits. Here are some examples:

Of course, it is up to the authorities to impose the restrictions. Regardless, if you do not follow the conditions, you are working without authorization.

Working in Canada without authorization for study permit holders

Almost all minor international students may not work in Canada. Also, other students may face restrictions. For example,

These are some examples. Review your study permit or consult with a professional to know your limitations. Nevertheless, if you do not obey these restrictions, you work without authorization.

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