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Labour Market Opinion Exemptions

In order to bring a temporary foreign worker to Canada, a Canadian company will generally have to receive a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO). However, there are several cases where the requirement for an LMO may be waived. Some of the most common scenarios where this may happen are outlined below.

International Agreements

Canada is a party to a number of international agreements that facilitate the entry of foreign workers. Admission of foreign workers under these agreements is considered of significant benefit to Canada and as such does not require an LMO. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is an example of this case.

Entrepreneurs/Self-Employed Candidates

An LMO exemption may be granted to private entrepreneurs who wish to come to Canada temporarily in order to start or operate a business. Applicants to one of these programs must be the sole or majority owners of the business they wish to pursue in Canada. They will also have to demonstrate that their business will be of significant benefit to Canada. Entrepreneurs are only eligible for LMO-exempt work permits if they can demonstrate that their work in Canada is temporary in nature. This category is particularly well-suited to owners of seasonal businesses. Entrepreneurs who have already applied for Canadian permanent residence may also qualify for LMO-exempt work permits in this category.

Entrepreneurs are only eligible for LMO-exempt work permits if they can demonstrate that their work in Canada is temporary in nature. This category is particularly well-suited to owners of seasonal businesses. Entrepreneurs who have already applied for Canadian permanent residence may also qualify for LMO-exempt work permits in this category.

Intra-Company Transfers

Intra-Company Transferees may be granted an LMO exemption for temporary transfer to Canada. Transferees must be considered executives, managers, or specialized knowledge workers and must work for a foreign company with a qualifying relationship to the company in Canada.

International Exchange Programs

Canada is a participant in a number of programs for international youth exchange. Such programs include the Working Holiday Visa and SWAP programs.

To find out if you or your business is eligible to apply to any of these programs, please contact us today.

 

 

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