Work in Canada
this section, you will find information on Working in
Canada, Canada work visa, work permit and other details
that will help your temporary stay in Canada really comfortable.
Every year, over 90,000 foreign workers enter Canada to
work temporarily to help Canadian employers address skill
shortages. If you are looking for basic information on
filing for Canada Work Permits or authorization, you may
check out the section on "Working
Temporarily in Canada" from CIC (Citizenship
and Immigration) Canada, the official Government of Canada
website Work-Permit holders and Temporary foreign Workers
in Canada. You may also be interested in our Work
Permit FAQ section of GaramChai.com
the majority of foreign born people working in Canada are
immigrants who have moved after getting a permanent residency,
people from other nations also move temporarily either to
peruse higher studies or to work. The challenges faced by
temporary workers and those on work permit in Canada are unique
since they form a very small minority of the population, though
most of them are highly skilled in their vocations.
organizations - including Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Satyam, IBM,
Accenture, CGI, iGate, EDS, Microsoft- occasionally sponsor
temporary work permits for specialists, computer programmers,
architects and others to live and work in Canada for a short
period of time. Universities also sponsor international professionals
and academicians to work as a part of their campus recruitment
or Off-Campus Work Program. There are unique challenges faced
by Work-Permit holders and Temporary foreign Workers in Canada
as compared to immigrants. For one, immigrants (permanent
residents) are here for the long haul while those on work
permits know that they are in Canada for a fixed length of
this section, we feature some unique challenges faced by temporary
workers in Canada.
challenges faced by Work-Permit holders and Temporary foreign
Workers in Canada
actitivites for newcomers to Canada
Practical Information: Social Insurance Number
Insurance Number (SIN) is a nine digit number used as a national
identification number. You will require a SIN card to work
in Canada and to receive government benefits such as Canada
Pension Plan and Employment Insurance You may download a copy
of the application from the Service
Canada web site
What are the essential documents that must accompany
a SIN application ?
You will need a primary document that proves that your identity
and status in Canada. If the name on your primary document
is different from the one you are currently using you will
need to provide a supporting document (marriage certificate
or certificate/court order of name change). The following
documents are acceptable as proof of identity for temporary
and permanent residents. They must be originals
Canada website gives the details of the Proof-of-Identity
requirements for the different status in Canada. You will
need the following documents at the SIN office
Of Employment letter from the employer
SIN application form
is a supporting document and when is it needed?
A supporting document is a legal document, which reflects
the name you are currently using. It is required when the
name you are currently using does not appear on your primary
document. The type of supporting document required depends
on the reason for the change.
do I submit my SIN application ?
your surname/last-name changed by marriage, you must submit
a marriage certificate
your name changed by law, you must submit a Certificate
of name change (certificate or court order made under a
provincial change of name act or similar legislation)
We encourage you to apply for your SIN in person at the Human
Resource Centre (addresses on the back of the application form).
It is faster and more convenient as it does not require you
to part with your valuable identity documents. You may also
apply by mail; you must send your completed application form
and identity documents to:
Social Insurance Registration
P.O. Box 7000
Bathurst, New Brunswick, E2A 4T1, Canada
Your document(s) will be returned with your SIN card. Please
note that we are not responsible for document(s) lost in transit.
It is suggested that you visit one of the offices to complete
an application form.
When is a fee charged ?
No fee is charged for a first-time application for a Social
Insurance Number card. A $10 fee is charged for the replacement
of a SIN card (if lost or destroyed). Acceptable methods of
payment are by personal cheques, bank drafts or money orders
payable in Canadian funds to the Receiver General of Canada.
A legal name change is considered an amendment to your SIN card:
but not a replacement and no fee is charged.
Resource Centre Office Locations
open an account with any "Schedule I Banks". [Schedule
I banks are domestic banks and are authorized under the Bank
Act to accept deposits, which may be eligible for deposit
insurance provided by the Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation.]
It may be preferable to open an account with a large bank
with a wider ATM and branches. For instance, BMO Bank of Montreal,
CIBC, RBC Royal Bank, Scotiabank (The Bank of Nova Scotia)
and TD Bank have nationwide presence. More about banking in
Canada from Canadian
Bankers Association (CBA). You may need the following
documents while opening a bank account:
letter (from employer)
may need additional documents for verification. After
opening an account, you will have to deposit funds or Travellers
Cheques before you can operate the account. While
you are at the bank, collect the following information:
newly opened Bank Account number
debit card to use the ATM
- A few
blank cheques - these are needed until you get your cheque
form for the credit card (if you are eligible)
need a bank account, cheques and drafts for most financial
transactions including renting an appartment.