The International Mobility Program: How to work and live in Canada without an LMIA?

Working in Canada is one of the most sought-after Immigration pathways by most internationals. Evidently, moving to another country is a difficult life change and can be even more difficult without the financial security that a concrete job opportunity can offer. The most common pathway is finding a job offer and waiting for the government to approve your employer and job position with a positive LMIA (labour market impact assessment). This process takes time (3-6 months) and is surely not guaranteed. The question remains, are there any simpler options to work in Canada without going through the rigorous and lengthy process of obtaining an LMAI?

The IMP (International Mobility Program) enables temporary foreign workers to receive work permits without the need of an LMIA. Sections 204 and 205 of the IRPR (Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations) focuses on some International Agreements between Canada and other countries.

Four such agreements are the following (section 204):

  • NAFTA: North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • GATS: General Agreement on Trade in Services.
  • FTA: Free trade agreement with countries such as Chile, Columbia and Bermuda.

Section 205 of the IRPR explains the interests the employment must have to the Canadian economy. The applicant must prove that their presence in Canada would create social, cultural, or economic benefits to Canada.

LMIA Exemptions as self-employed and entrepreneurs: A foreign national that would like to work for themselves or begin their own business temporarily, must prove that their business or self-employment would provide significant economic, social or cultural benefits or opportunities for Canadian citizens.

Francophone Mobility: The francophone mobility program was put in place to promote Francophone migration outside of the province of Quebec. Therefore, getting approved to temporarily work in Canada in French (outside the province of Quebec) is a great way to access a work permit without having to get an LMIA.

International Experience Canada: For example, a working holiday visa which allows a specific list of countries the possibility of coming to Canada on a two-year open work permit to explore and work in Canada.

There are many ways to work in Canada temporarily and eventually gain permanent residency. Contact our attorneys and legal team for further information!



For further information and on how to begin your application to enter Canada, please contact our law firm, it would be our pleasure to help!


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  1. Hi! will be my pleasure to jobs and live in Canada, I’m 42 years old married and Father of 3 children’s, thank you

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