Working in Canada requires a work permit; however one can work even without a Temporary Work Permit which requires a temporary resident visa for a person without a permit to temporarily enter Canada.

There are a number of situations when an individual can perform work in Canada without needing to secure a Temporary Work Permit

Following is the list of situations of when can foreigners without a work permit work in Canada:

  • Business Visitors

For individuals engaged in trade or business in Canada but won’t get into the Canadian labor market and meeting the following criteria:

  • One must not aim for Canadian labor market
  • The activity of the worker has to be international
  • The business visitors providing service under an overseas employer must keep the following in mind:
    • Key place of worker’s reimbursement is outside Canada
    • Chief place of recruitment is outside Canada
    • Employer’s profits must be collected outside Canada

Business visitors can be categorized as:

  • Employees of Foreign Companies Contracting Canadian Companies, for up to 2 years
  • Meetings of Board of Directors
  • After Sales Service providers
  • Employees of Short-Term Temporary Residents with stay of short- term resident and the employee up to 6 months

  • Military Personnel

Civilian and military and personnel without permits and under the support of the Visiting Forces Act are allowed without passports, foreign national medical examinations and a temporary resident visa to work and study. Their families are also exempted from these.


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