Work Permit Exemptions

Work Permit Exemptions

A valid work permit is a vital requirement to work in Canada. A work permit is a legal permission to work and gain access to legal compensation and other privileges from the employer. You can work in Canada with no work permit in several situations.

An implied status grants permission to work without securing a work permit. Many occupations and jobs do not mandate a work permit. A professional Canadian immigration counselor can help you find the right immigration pathway to match your profile.

Working in Canada without Work Permit

Read ahead to find situations or professions that do not mandate a Canadian Work Permit. However, a Temporary Resident Visa is mandatory to enter Canada and work temporarily.

  • In-flight security officers – In-flight Security Officers of foreign airlines can work in Canada and Canadian airspace without needing a work permit. They need to have a valid visa (Temporary Resident Visa) to enter Canada.
  • Students working on-campus– Students pursuing full-time study programs can work on-campus for a maximum of 20 hours a week with no work permit. The students may work as research assistants, program facilitators, library assistants, or any other on-campus part-time occupation. 
  • Students working off-campus – International students following full-time study programs can work off-campus during their course for up to 20 hours a week. They can also work full-time during long breaks. A work permit is not necessary for working off-campus.  
  • Short-term researchers – International researchers working for public institutions eligible to confer degrees can work in Canada without any work permit requirement. Their research activities must be for a maximum of 120 days.
  • Military personnel – Military personnel do not require a work permit if they are visiting Canada under the provisions of the Visiting Forces Act. They should have official orders mentioning the details of movement and so forth.
  • Media crew members, journalists, or news reporters – Individuals working as news reporters or media crew in Canada do not require work permits provided they do not enter the Canada job market. The individual must be working for a foreign publication or news channel. The length of the event should not exceed six months.
  • Accident investigators – Authorized accident investigators can come and work in Canada without any valid work permit. They should be investigating an aviation accident under the Canadian authority and Safety Board Act.
  • Officials, referees, or judges – Sports officials, referees, and judges can enter Canada to attend international sports events, agricultural events, or cultural competitions. The organizers of sports events should be international organizations of amateur sports. Referees of professional sports who receive payment for their job will require a positive LMIA and work permit. Amateur sports persons and referees do not need a work permit because athletes do not receive payment for their participation.
  • Health care students – International healthcare students do not need work permits to participate in short-term practicums and clinical workshops, provided these programs are for a duration not over four months. They should be studying in specific medical fields like nursing, medicine, and physical therapy.
  • Foreign government officials and their family members – Several international exchange programs need foreign government officials to come to Canada. These officials bring workers from their countries to work for them. They do not need work permits because they are not entering the Canadian job market.
  • Contract employees – Contracts between Canadian and foreign companies require foreign workers and executives to travel to Canada for work supervision. These individuals are exempt from work permit requirements.
  • Business visitors– This is a large category of business persons and executives. They may come to Canada for commercial activities, business meetings, or trade show participation. These visitors should receive their primary compensation from foreign companies.
  • Emergency service personnel – These workers can enter Canada to provide emergency services. These services are crucial during commercial accidents, health crises, or natural disasters. An agreement between Canada and the US allows emergency workers to move across borders in emergencies.
  • Domestic workers for temporary residents – Temporary residents in Canada can bring workers to perform domestic work without work permits.

These are only a few examples of occupations and situations with the exemption of work permits. Canada offers a broad spectrum of opportunities to individuals who aspire to work and settle. Reliable immigration professionals can help you choose a suitable immigration program. SunnySpire offers individual immigration services by assessing specific objectives. Call us today to set the ball rolling.

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