Call Us - (403)-450-8281
Work Permit Exemptions

Work Permit Exemptions

Work Permit Exemptions

Most foreign workers looking for a job in Canada must acquire a work permit. It is a legal document issued by the immigration authorities permitting a foreign national to get employed legally and receive the deserving remuneration from their Canadian employer. However, there are some situations where foreign nationals may get to work in Canada without a work permit.

Types of Work That Do Not Require a Work Permit

The following types of work do not require the employee to apply for and obtain a work permit. To qualify for a work permit exemption, your job must be on this list and also meet the specific additional exemption criteria for that job.

Athlete/Coach

You may be exempt from a work permit if you are part of a foreign athletic team competing in Canada. This exemption is applicable for athletes, coaches, and other members of foreign groups visiting Canada.

Aviation Accident Investigator

If you are part of a team visiting Canada to investigate aviation accidents or similar incidents, you may not need a work permit. To qualify, the investigation must be done under the Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act.

Visiting for Business Reasons

Foreign nationals visiting Canada for business purposes are exempted from a Canadian work permit if they do not participate in its labor market.

Civil Aviation Inspection

Foreign professionals qualified and employed to check various aspects of civil aviation, such as cabin safety and flight operations in Canada, can enter the country without a work permit.

Religious Leaders

Foreign nationals who form part of any religious order can be exempt from a work permit to undertake religious work in Canada.

Organizers of Conventions 

Foreign nationals planning to visit Canada to host conventions are not required to apply for work permits.

Crew Members

Foreign nationals who work on vehicles registered with companies outside of Canada and employed as drivers or service passengers can qualify for a work permit exemption.

Emergency Service Providers

Foreign nationals planning to enter Canada as an emergency service provider need not apply for a work permit. The work may involve assisting in rescue operations during natural disasters, fires, floods, and accidents affecting the environment.

Examiners and Evaluators

Academic professionals, who want to visit Canada to supervise, examine and evaluate various academic activities, projects, and proposals are exempt from work permits.

Investigator or Witness

Individuals visiting Canada as an investigator or a witness related to a case may be eligible for a work permit exemption.

Family Member Of Foreign Representative

An immediate family member of a foreign representative may not need a Canadian work permit if they are accredited by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) or have a GAC counterfoil in their passport. They are also exempt if they carry a No Objection letter from the GAC.

Foreign Government Officer or Representative

A foreign government representative can get a work permit exemption from visiting Canada if they are part of an exchange agreement or a foreign diplomat/official representation of a country or the United Nations.

Health Care Students

Foreign students from the field of healthcare and wanting to be part of a training program can be eligible for a work permit exemption. They must be part of clinical clerkships and have written approval from the relevant provincial regulatory body. The training program must be for four months or less.

Judge, Referee, and Similar

You may qualify for a work permit exemption for foreign nationals traveling to Canada as a judge or an official at an international amateur competition.

Others who may not need a work permit while traveling to Canada are:

  • Military Personnel
  • News Reporters/Crew of movies or media
  • Performing Artists
  • Public Speakers
  • Short-term highly-skilled worker
  • Short-term researchers
  • Students working on and off-campus

If you are from any category mentioned above and looking to visit Canada on a temporary basis, contact us. As one of the leading immigration consultants in Canada, ASI Immigration can help you make a smooth and hassle-free entry into Canada. As every visitor from different fields and professions may have to fulfill specific terms and conditions, it is better to consult an immigration expert. Call us now to know more.

    Get started

    Contact us to get started and we can help you with all types of immigration-related matters.

    Recent Posts

    December 26, 2023

    Navigating Canada’s Spousal Sponsorship

    Embarking on the journey of spousal sponsorship in Canada is a significant step towards uniting with your loved one. This comprehensive guide aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the eligibility criteria, processes, and nuances involved in bringing your spouse to the beautiful landscapes of Canada. Eligibility Criteria Unveiled The foundation of a successful spousal […]

    Learn More
    December 18, 2023

    Can You Have More Than One Express Entry Profile?

    Embarking on the journey to Canadian permanent residency as a skilled worker starts with completing an Express Entry profile. However, a common question arises: Can you have more than one Express Entry profile? The answer, according to the Government of Canada’s immigration law, is a firm no. Each applicant is allowed only one active Express […]

    Learn More
    December 4, 2023

    Your Brief Guide to the Canada Express Entry

    Embarking on a journey to make Canada your home is an exciting yet complex process. The Express Entry system has emerged as a pivotal pathway for skilled immigrants, offering a streamlined approach to permanent residence. In this guide, we unravel the nuances of Canada’s Express Entry, providing you with a roadmap to navigate this dynamic […]

    Learn More
    November 27, 2023

    Top 10 FAQs About the Canadian Work Permit

    Securing a work permit to toil on Canadian soil is a pathway embraced by many foreign nationals seeking opportunities in the Great White North. However, the journey through Canada’s work permit intricacies can feel akin to navigating a labyrinth. Fear not; we’ve compiled the top 10 frequently asked questions about Canada’s work permit process to […]

    Learn More
    November 15, 2023

    How to recognize a Trusted DLI for Your Canadian Study Journey

    In a startling turn of events, Northern College in Timmins, Ontario, retracted admission offers for 504 international students merely weeks before the commencement of classes. This unforeseen decision left students grappling with frustration, confusion, and financial setbacks. According to Northern College President Audrey Penner, the abrupt surge in visa approvals exceeded their expectations, resulting in […]

    Learn More
    November 1, 2023

    Canada’s Work Permit Pathways for Dependent Children of age

    Canada has recently unveiled a groundbreaking policy designed to alleviate chronic labor shortages and foster family integration within its communities. This initiative allows dependent children of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) to qualify for work permits, expanding opportunities for families to stay together. Under the updated policy, specific criteria determine the eligibility of family members for […]

    Learn More

    Testimonials

    Take a look at how our clients appreciate what we do.

    Need A Consultation?

    Book an appointment with ASI immigration experts

    Book an Appointment