Fortunately, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) provides
ways to get around this work permit requirement! The Canadian
governments lists a number of scenarios where foreign nationals do
not need a work permit in order to be eligible to work in Canada,
simplifying the process for these individuals.
The primary reason Canadian immigration policy allows for these
exemptions is due to the irreplaceable nature of the foreign
nationals holding these types of positions. The types of
occupations on the work permit exempt list are generally work that
is required in Canadian or will be beneficial to Canadians.
Typically, work permit exempt jobs fall under one of the
following categories: they either require unique skills and
abilities, or the employer is also not Canadian. The former
refers to individuals whose skills and presence in their domain
cannot be replicated by any Canadian or whose work has been
significantly branded in the international market. The latter
refers to the employee-employer relationship taking place entirely
outside of Canada, in which all of the employee's directives
and compensation come from their employer who is based outside of
The first category includes performing artists, athletes or
coaches competing in Canada, foreign representatives and government
officials, expert witnesses or investigators, clergy members, and
public speakers. These positions are typically filled by
individuals whose specialized skill cannot be replaced in the
international scene. For example, athletes Usain Bolt or
Michael Phelps would not be required to obtain a work permit to
compete in Canada, and diplomats or members of the United Nations
are also work permit exempt because there are no Canadian
equivalents for their occupations.
The Non-Canadian Employer category refers to positions in which
workers are given work by their local employers, and are only
entering Canada as a means of fulfilling that work. These
occupations include business visitors in Canada that are not part
of the Canadian labour market, crew members, such as truck drivers,
bus drivers, shipping or airline workers, whose main work involves
the international transportation of passengers or cargo, news
reporters, film and media crews, and military personnel.
While a work permit may not be required for individuals who are
in an occupations on the exemption list, it is important to keep in
mind depending on the person's country of origin, a Temporary
Resident Visa (TRV) requirement may still apply.
For more information regarding work permit exemptions and to
find out if you're eligible to work in Canada without a work
permit, check out FWCanada's
Work Permit Exemptions page. Be sure to consult this page
to learn all about the guidelines for individuals who are working
in Canada without a work permit.
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