Canadian Work Permit Situations
Depending on the specific industry and work situation, there may be a particular process for a foreign national to work in Canada legally.
In addition to the broad range of content in this Work section, the following pages contain information pertaining to specific work situations in Canada. Simply click below on the section that concerns you in order to learn more.
A NAFTA Professional must be qualified to work in one of approximately 60 targeted professions, as listed below.
The NAFTA Professionals category is a mutual agreement agreed between Canada, the United States, and Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Depending on his or her profession, an applicant may be required to provide educational credentials and/or proof of work experience in the field.
NAFTA Professionals must have pre-arranged employment in Canada, or a service contract with a Canadian company, in an occupation that matches their qualifications and one of the eligible NAFTA professions. Individuals who wish to perform self-employed work in Canada are not eligible for this category.
Business Visitors – Work without A Work Permit
In many cases, business visitors to Canada do not require a Canadian work permit.
A business visitor is a foreign national who comes to Canada to participate in international business activities, but who will not enter the Canadian labour market.
Canada is one of the world’s largest economies, attracting thousands of short-term business visitors each year. With an international market-oriented economy and as a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD) and the Group of 7 (G7), as well as a signatory to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada strives to ensure that international business visitors can come to Canada on business trips. Subject to the nature of the work, as well as the individual’s nationality, certain business visitors can enter the country to conduct business or trade activity without needing a work permit.
Temporary Work Permits for Entrepreneurs
International entrepreneurs have a range of options to come and work in Canada.
With their innovative ideas and unique business expertise, entrepreneurial foreign workers help the Canadian economy to grow
Several Canadian permanent resident immigration programs target entrepreneurs, but the process can be longer than it would otherwise be for a temporary period in Canada. For this reason, many entrepreneurs first enter Canada by obtaining a temporary work permit. And because many of Canada’s economic immigration programs value Canadian work experience, entrepreneurs with such experience can leverage this in support of their candidacy or application for Canadian permanent resident status.
The government of Canada has created a special category of work permit that offers a facilitated route through which majority owners of a company can acquire the right to work in Canada legally.
For many businesspersons around the world, Canada is the logical choice as the setting for embarking upon a new business venture or expanding an existing business. The favorable economic climate, the work ethic of the people, and the diversity of the population are all factors that contribute to making Canada an ideal environment in which to operate a business.
Canadian cities are often hosting to various conferences, seminars, and conventions, some of which feature guest lecturers or commercial speakers. When these individuals come in from outside Canada, issues related to Canadian immigration may come into play. There are certain scenarios in which a work permit might be required and others in which this is not the case.
Whether or not a Canadian work permit is required for organizers of a convention, conference, or seminar in Canada depends on certain factors.
Depending on the nature and size of a given convention, conference, or seminar, organizing the event is usually no small task. There is usually at least one individual, or a small team, whose responsibility it is to set up the event and ensure it runs smoothly.
This actually entails many smaller jobs that can range from setting up booths, to organizing the guest list, to ordering refreshments for the attendees. As this involves work, when an organizer happens to be a foreign national, issues relating to Canadian work permits might arise.
Conference Vendors Working in Canada
The question of whether a Canadian work permit is required for a foreign vendor depends on the manner in which the products are being sold.
At a given conference/convention/seminar there are usually at least a few merchants who are selling a particular product to the event’s attendees. Very often what they are selling is directly related to the conference, thereby ensuring that the people in attendance are part of the demographic the merchants are targeting.
Working in Canada as an Athlete
Canada is host to a wide array of sporting events, attracting athletes and coaches from around the world to come and compete in the “great white north”.
Many Canadian cities have teams that participate in North American sports leagues such as the NHL, NBA, MLB, and MLS, and international sports competitions of all varieties are often held throughout Canada.
Film Producers and Essential Personnel Working in Canada
In certain cases, individuals seeking entry to Canada to work in the entertainment industry may qualify as business visitors.
This refers to a category of foreign nationals intending to work in Canada who, due to the nature and/or duration of the work to be performed in Canada, do not require a work permit or a Labour Market Impact Assessment.