British Columbia

Last year, software developers and designers accounted for the majority of IMP work permit holders in British Columbia. The second place was taken by actors and comedians. Following actors and comedians were graphic designers and artists, university professors and lecturers, and information systems analysts and consultants.


Last year, graphic designers and illustrators accounted for the majority of LMIA-exempt work permit holders in Quebec. University professors and lecturers came in second, followed by post-secondary teaching and research assistants. The fourth and fifth positions were filled by specialized physicians and producers, directors, choreographers, and similar jobs.


Professors and lecturers at Alberta universities were the most common holders of IMP work permits in the province. Supervisors of food services, post-secondary teaching and research assistants, chefs, and truck drivers rounded out the top five.


Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers, and allied employees had the greatest number of IMP work licenses in Manitoba. The following roles were filled by transport truck drivers, athletes, cooks, agriculture service contractors, farm managers, and specialist livestock employees.

How to obtain work permits exempt from the LMIA

Numerous work permits from the LMIA are available. The first step in obtaining one is to educate yourself on your possibilities and to ascertain precisely what you’re looking for.

You may be eligible for just an open work permit, which will allow you to work for any Canadian company in any Canadian province. The IMP applies to all open work permits. International student graduates, youths from specific countries that have reciprocal agreements with Canada, and spouses of Canadians and temporary residents all have open work permit options.

Additionally, some professions, investors, and traders from countries with which Canada has free trade agreements are exempt from the LMIA.

Moreover, Canada provides exemptions to qualified entrepreneurs, French-speaking skilled employees, and individuals in occupations deemed to benefit the country’s interests.

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