Hiring a Foreign Worker

Valid Work Permit Required

Foreign workers (those who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents) require a valid work permit in order to work in Canada. A Canadian work permit is issued by Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The valid work permit must include:

  • “UBC” or “Open” as the employer
  • An appropriate occupation
  • Valid start and end dates that cover the appointment period

When hiring staff and faculty members, UBC gives hiring preference to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Sometimes, if you cannot find a qualified Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have a qualified foreign worker, you can work with Human Resources (HR) to acquire a work permit for the new employee.

Assistance with Hiring a Foreign Worker

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