The government of Canada has created a special category of work permit that offers a facilitated route through which majority owners of a company can acquire the right to work in Canada legally.

For many businesspersons around the world, Canada is the logical choice as the setting for embarking upon a new business venture or expanding an existing business. The favorable economic climate, the work ethic of the people, and the diversity of the population are all factors that contribute to making Canada an ideal environment in which to operate a business.

The skyline of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

If business owners had to go through the same work permit process as other foreign nationals they would most likely be dissuaded from considering Canada as a viable option for the location of their company.

The difficulty with regard to the standard work permit process pertains to an application for something called a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), the positive approval of which is usually needed for a successful work permit application. In order for a LMIA to be approved, the employer must usually demonstrate that attempts were made to hire a Canadian for the position being filled by the foreign worker. This entails advertising in specific sources for a certain period of time, as well as completing a recruitment report documenting the number of Canadian applicants and explaining why none of them were suitable for the position. Because of the reluctance to hire a foreigner for a job that can be performed by a Canadian, these applications are scrutinized closely and can be rejected if they do not conform to the exact requirements set forth by the government.

However, majority owners of a business could be eligible for the Owner/Operator work permit, and would therefore be in the fortunate position of being exempt from the advertising requirements of the LMIA. This facilitates the process greatly, as this is usually the most problematic part of the work permit application.

The principal purpose of this category of work permit is to provide a facilitated route through which foreign nationals can enter the country to run their business. Quite understandably, most business owners are protective of their company and are adamant about personally overseeing its operation in order to ensure it is running according to his/her specifications. If entrepreneurs had to surrender the helm of their Canadian company due to a lengthy and convoluted work permit application process, most of them would look elsewhere to start or expand their business. Fortunately, the government of Canada has had the foresight to consider this issue and has effectively addressed it with this Owner/Operator work permit avenue.

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