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.
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.
People who organize and run international meetings or conventions such as the Canadian International Autoshow and Comic-Con Canada among many others.
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 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.
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.
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 speakers, commercial speakers, or seminar leaders who are speaking at specific events that are no longer than five days.
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.
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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