FAQ Visa and Immigration Program Temporary residence Work Permits How do I change employers?
How do I change employers?
To change employers, you must apply to change the conditions of your work permit.
Before you apply, you need some information and documents from your new employer. What you need will depend on if the employer needs a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire you.
If your employer needs an LMIA
Your employer must give you:
- a new job offer letter
- a new LMIA number, and
- a new contract signed by you and your future employer
If you work in Quebec, you will also need a new Certificat d’acceptation du Québec.
If your employer doesn’t need an LMIA
Your employer must give you the offer of employment number they received when they submitted your offer of employment.
Employer compliance exemptions
Some LMIA-exempt employers don’t need to submit an offer of employment. Find out how to get a work permit for these jobs.
Live-in caregivers and International Experience Canada participants have different instructions for changing employers.
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Questions on this topic
I’m on implied status. Can I keep working under the same conditions of my initial work permit if my Social Insurance Number (SIN) is expired?
Under the International Mobility Program, can I reuse an offer of employment number if the matched work permit application was refused?
If my spouse applied for a study permit to come to Canada with a conditional offer to attend a language school and then a study program, can I apply for a spousal work permit?
If I am on a bridging work permit and my PR gets rejected for some reason, should I stop working as soon as I receive the decision or once the period on my work permit ends?
If the location indicated on my work permit is different from my actual work location, can I apply for a Social Insurance Number (SIN)?