Can I work in Canada after I make a refugee claim?

5. Get help to find a job in Canada

Finding work in Canada is not easy if you haven’t lived here before. You can get help from community agencies that offer free employment services for refugee claimants.

Some agencies can help you write a résumé and cover letter, and search for jobs. Other agencies have classes where you learn how to find a job that matches your skills and experience, how to answer questions in interviews, and what questions an employer can’t ask you during your interview.

Employment Ontario offers free employment and training services. They can help you look for work and discuss ways that you can upgrade your job skills.

If you were trained in a regulated profession, such as medicine or law, you can visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials to learn about how to have your credentials recognized in Canada.

Conditions on your work permit

You must follow the conditions of your work permit.

An open work permit has standard conditions that you can’t work for an employer in a business where you could be at risk of sexual exploitation. For example, you can’t work in:

  • strip clubs,
  • massage parlours, or
  • escort agencies.

And if you’re being mistreated at any job, you can contact your local community legal clinic, the police, or your local settlement agency for help.

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