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Canadian Work Permit Exemptions


Canadian Work Permit Exemptions

Canadian work permit Exemptions

There are foreign workers in very specific occupations who may temporarily work in Canada without Canadian work permits.

In these instances, foreign workers will either need to get temporary resident visas or electronic travel authorisations to come to Canada.

Others only need to provide valid passports.


Foreign Nationals Who Can Work in Canada Without a Work Permit

Athlete or Coach

Foreign athletes, coaches, or members of foreign teams competing in Canada.


Aviation Accident or Incident Investigator

Accredited agents or advisers working on an aviation accident or incident investigation being done under the Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act.


Business Visitor

People who would like to invest or open a business in Canada are encouraged to come to Canada for an exploratory visit. Business visitors deal with business activities such as inspecting sites or meeting their partners and are not part of the Canadian labour market.


Civil Aviation Inspector

People in charge of checking the flight operations or cabin safety of commercial airlines during international flights.


Convention Organizer

People who organize and run international meetings or conventions such as the Canadian International Autoshow and Comic-Con Canada among many others.


Crew Member

People working on foreign-owned and registered vehicles (truck, bus, shipping or airline) that are used mainly to transport cargo and passengers internationally and their job duties relate to operating vehicles or serving passengers.


Emergency Service Provider

People who help out in emergencies to preserve life or property. Emergencies include natural disasters, such as floods or earthquakes, or industrial accidents that threaten the environment.


Examiner and Evaluator

Professor or academic experts who evaluate or supervises academic projects, research proposals or university theses. They may work for Canadian research groups or schools.


Expert Witness or Investigator

People who need to give evidence before a regulatory body, tribunal, or court of law.


Family Member of a Foreign Representative

Spouses and children of foreign representatives who are accredited by Global Affairs Canada (GAC).


Foreign Government Officer or Representative

Employees, diplomats, or official representatives of another government who are working under an exchange agreement that lets officials work in government departments in Canada.


Healthcare Student

Healthcare students participating in clinical clerkship and training for less than 4 months.


Judge, Referee, or Similar Official

Officials at international amateur competitions who will judge or be officials for an artistic or cultural event, such as music and dance festivals, animal show, or agricultural contest.


Military Personal

Members of an armed force of another country who have movement orders stating that they are entering Canada under the terms of the Visiting Forces Act.


News Reporter or Film and Media Crew

News reporters or members of a reporter’s crew as well as members of a film or media crew who will not enter the Canadian labour market.


Producers or Staff Members

Those working on a foreign-financed commercial shoot for television magazines or other media. These workers include; film producers, actors, directors, technicians, and other essential personnel.


Performing Artists

Foreign artists who will perform in Canada for a limited time. These include theatre groups, street performers, a traveling circus, rodeo contestants, guests of Canadian televisions, or radio shows among many others.


Public Speaker

Public speakers, commercial speakers, or seminar leaders who are speaking at specific events that are no longer than five days.


Religious Leader

Foreign religious leaders who are leading worship or providing spiritual counseling among other duties. Religious leaders may include missionaries, monks, pastoral animators, archbishops, and bishops.


Short-Term Highly Skilled Worker

Highly skilled workers in jobs under NOC skill type O or A who will only work in Canada for up to 15 consecutive days once every six months or up to 30 consecutive days every year.


Short-Term Researcher

Researchers who will be working at a public degree-granting institution or affiliated research institution for 120 or fewer consecutive days.


Students Working Off-Campus

Full-time international students can work off-campus without a work permit for up to 20 hours per week during academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks.


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