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Canada|Work Permit Exempted Jobs

The Following Jobs are Exempted from Work Permit in Canada


1. Athletes and Coaches

Athletes-and-CoachesForeign teams, athletes and coaches competing in Canada do not require Work Permit.


2. Aviation Accident Investigators

NTSB Invesgators

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


3. Business Visitors

business-travelBusiness visitors who come to Canada to do business activities but are not part of the Canadian labour market.


4. Civil Aviation Inspector

philippines-airlineInspectors who check the flight operations or cabin safety of commercial airlines during international flights.


5. Clergy or Minister of Religion

1361734085alarabalaanPeople who work as ordained ministers, lay persons or members of a religious order. Their duties may include preaching doctrine, leading worship or giving spiritual counseling.


6. Convention Organizer

PCO_munchen_675x337People who organize or run international meetings or conventions.

Note: People who provide “hands-on” services at these events must have a work permit. These services include providing audio-visual services, doing show decorating, and building, setting up and taking down displays.


7. Crew Members

Captain-of-a-ship-007Crew members, such as truck drivers, bus drivers, and shipping and airline workers, if:

  1. They are working on foreign-owned and -registered vehicles that are used mainly to transport cargo and passengers internationally

  2. Their work is related to operating vehicles or serving passengers.

8. Emergency service providers

Emergency Service providerPeople who help in an Emergency. Emergencies include natural disasters, such as floods or earthquakes, or industrial accidents that threaten the environment.


9. Examiners and Evaluators

examinersProfessors and academic experts who evaluate or supervise academic projects, research proposals or university theses. They may work for Canadian research groups or schools.


10. Expert witnesses or Investigators

InvestigatorsExperts who give evidence before a regulatory body, tribunal or court of law.


11. Family Members of Foreign RepresentativesFamily members of Foregin RepresentativesSpouses and children of foreign representatives.

  1. They must be accredited (with a counterfoil in their passport) by the Department of Foreign Affairs,Trade and Development (DFATD). If they are not accredited, DFATD will refer them to an immigration officer to apply under the regular process.

  2. They need a letter of no objection from DFATD (normally issued only if there is a reciprocal employment arrangement with the person’s home country). To find out how to get this letter, contact DFATD’s Office of Protocol.

12. Foreign Government Officers

Foregin Government OfficalsEmployees of other governments. Canada has exchange agreements with some countries that let officials work in each others government departments. Government officials coming to work in Canada must bring a formal letter if they will work here for more than three months.


13 Foreign Representatives

Un OfficalsDiplomats and official representatives of other countries or the United Nations and their staff.


 14. Health Care Students

maleDoctor1WEB_first_.jpgForeign health care students doing clinical clerkships or working in Canada for a short period of time, if:

  1. the main goal of the work is training,

  2. the training lasts less than four months and

  3. they have written approval from the board that regulates their Job

15. Worker Program Delivery Instructors

worker Program

16. Judges, referees and similar officials

Talent Show JudgesOfficials at international amateur competitions who will judge or be officials for artistic or cultural events, such as:

  1. Music Festivals

  2. Animal shows

  3. Agricultural contests

17. Military Personnel

Pakistan Army Cadets WallpapersMembers of an armed force of another country, if they have movement orders stating that they are entering Canada under the terms of the Visiting Forces Act.


18. News reporters, film and Media crews


People who are:

  1. News reporters or members of their crews,

  2. Film or media crews who will not enter the Canadian labour market,

  3. Journalists who work for a print, broadcast or Internet news service (journal, newspaper, magazine, television show, etc.), if the company they work for is not Canadian,

  4. Resident correspondents or

  5. Managers and clerical staff, as long as the event is short term (six months or less).

19. Performing Artists

meetdr.amir_Foreign artists and their key support staff (people vital to the performance), only if they:

  1. will perform in Canada for a limited period of time,

  2. are not being hired for ongoing employment by the Canadian group that has contracted them, and

  3. are not involved in making a movie, television or radio broadcast.

Examples include:

  1.  Foreign-based band or theater group and their key crew,

  2. street performers (buskers),

  3. Members of a foreign or traveling circus,

  4. Guest artists working within a Canadian performance group for a limited time,

  5. World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers (and members of similar groups),

  6. People who will perform at a private event, such as a wedding,

  7. Air show performers,

  8. Rodeo contestants,

  9. Artists attending or working at a showcase,

  10. Film producers (business visitors),

  11. Film and recording studio users (limited to small groups renting studios who will not enter the labour market, and to business visitors) and

  12. People doing guest spots on Canadian television and radio broadcasts (guest speakers), such as news programs.

20. Public Speakers

Public SpeakersGuest speakers, commercial speakers or seminar leaders who speak at specific events provided the event is no longer than five days.


21. Students working off campus

CroppedImage649414-1298x828-students-offcampus-tutorial-10xFull-time international students may be eligible to work off campus while they Study.


22. Students working on campus

jobspagestudent-460x199Full-time international students may work on the campus of the university or college where they study.

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