How long does it take to get a Canadian work visa?

Hi- I'm American and I'll be going to school in Ottawa in the fall of 2010. But my friend who already goes there offered me to come live there with her in her apartment until I do go to school- because I just can't find a job here (the economy sucks, everyone knows). How do I apply for a working... show more Hi-

I'm American and I'll be going to school in Ottawa in the fall of 2010. But my friend who already goes there offered me to come live there with her in her apartment until I do go to school- because I just can't find a job here (the economy sucks, everyone knows).
How do I apply for a working visa? How much does it cost and how long does it take? I already have a passport and no criminal record.
Thank you. :)
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