Foreign Recruitment

Work Temporarily in Canada

Working in Canada is an exciting opportunity to gain new skills and experience. If you are a foreign worker interested in employment, review this page for general information, and please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for relevant information regarding working and living in Canada.

In the Publications and Manuals section there is an overview of information to Work Temporarily in Canada. The  Work in Canada section also has information on who can apply, and how to apply for the various types of work permits.

The Government of Alberta Human Services website also has basic information on working and living in Alberta. Under the Immigration heading as well as the Safe & Fair Workplaces heading you will find information on working temporarily in Alberta and immigrating to Alberta.

For information on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, please visit the Human Resources and Skill Development Canada website.

We have offices in Edmonton and Saskatoon. For information on the City of Edmonton, in the Province of Alberta, please visit the Edmonton Tourism website.

For information on the City of Saskatoon, in the Province of Saskatchewan, please visit the Saskatoon Tourism website.

All positions within our company require valid Canadian work permits.

Labour Market Opinion - What is it?

All applications for positions at Scorpio require a Labour Market Opinion in order to get a Temporary Work Visa.

The Labour Market Opinion assesses the impact that hiring a foreign worker would have on Canadian jobs and supports your application for a work permit.

Employers must apply for the LMO from HRSDC, and the application process takes anywhere between 4-12 weeks, with no guarantee that a positive LMO will be issued. If an LMO is issued, it is to be included with the work permit application submitted by the worker to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Youth Employment Programs

International Experience Canada - The Canadian Working Holiday Program

Are you aged between 18 and 30?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has negotiated reciprocal temporary work agreements with over 30 countries for individuals aged between 18 and 35. These temporary work agreements make it easier to obtain a work permit to work and travel in Canada for up to one year. Participants can be issued an open or employer specific work permit. For more information visit the International Experience Canada website or your own government website.

Please review information provided by International Experience Canada as well as the following information on our website prior to contacting our office at with any inquiries.


We are only considering applications from foreign workers for the bricklayer occupation. Individuals must have the skills and knowledge expected of a certified journeyman bricklayer. Consideration may be made for individuals enrolled in an apprenticeship program to become a bricklayer. Under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system a bricklayer is a skilled occupation under category B (NOC 7281-B).

Please visit the Working in Canada website report on the Bricklayer occupation in Alberta as well as Saskatchewan. Here you will find information on the main duties, job skills and requirements, wages and other important factors relevant to bricklayers to determine if you have the necessary skills and experience. The Careers in Construction website also has a descriptive bricklayer profile.

For additional information on the employment requirements of working as a bricklayer in Alberta, please visit the Alberta Occupational Profile for a Bricklayer.

In Alberta, there are two classifications of designated trades: optional and compulsory trades. Bricklaying is an optional trade, which means a trade certificate is not required if the employer is satisfied the worker has the knowledge and skills of a journeyman.

Temporary Work Permit - Additional Information for working in the Province of Alberta

The Government of Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website is an excellent resource for foreign workers interested in working in a trade in Alberta. Bricklaying is an optional certificate trade. However, an individual must fit in one of the following categories:

The Government of Alberta Human Services website also has basic information on working and living in Alberta.

How to apply for a work permit

The application process varies depending on if you are applying from outside or inside Canada. The Canadian and Immigration Canada (CIC) website explains eligibility to apply from outside Canada, from inside Canada, or while entering Canada.

Eligibility to apply from outside of Canada

If you meet the occupational requirements as explained in the websites mentioned above and you are interested in coming to Canada for temporary work you will require:

The Labour Market Opinion is explained above.

For more information on how to apply from outside Canada, please visit the CIC website here.

Eligibility to apply from inside Canada

The CIC website explains the different situations where you can apply for a work permit from inside of Canada. Please visit their website here for more information.

Eligibility to apply as you enter Canada

You may be eligible to for a work permit as you enter Canada only if you meet the following requirements:

Temporary Resident Visa

A temporary resident visa is an official document that is placed in your passport. To find out if you need a visa to enter Canada, see the Visiting Canada section of the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website.

If you require a temporary resident visa, you do not have to apply for it separately or pay a separate fee. If your work permit is approved, the visa will be issued at the same time as the documentation you need to enter Canada as a worker.

Working at Scorpio Masonry

If you have the skills, knowledge and experience required of a journeyman bricklayer and you are interested in this position, please check our job listings to submit your application online. You can also contact our office at or call our Edmonton office at 1.780.447.1682 or our Saskatoon office at 1.306.382.7775. Please mention that you have reviewed the foreign worker information on our website. Work may or may not be available depending on the season and other circumstances.

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