Foreign Nationals holding work permits should plan ahead to ensure their permits will remain up-to-date before travelling outside Canada. This is especially important before winter break, when on-line renewal process time increases.
To avoid possible disruption of employment and/or travel during the winter break, individuals holding work permits should be directed to ensure that their permits will remain up-to- date during that time. Although Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) processing time for on-line renewal of work permits is currently 33 calendar days, processing time typically increases significantly as the year-end approaches.
IRCC’s processing time is updated weekly and can be viewed at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/. Further details on this subject are available at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/extend-stay.asp