Work in Canada without Work Permit

There are several circumstances and criteria wherein a person may not need to obtain a work permit in order to work in Canada.


Depending on the following criteria, you may be eligible to work in Canada without a work permit:

  • Your country of citizenship
  • The type of job
  • Your proposed work activity in Canada

Though an individual may be eligible to work in Canada without a work permit, the person may still need to have a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). To know if what you would need is a TRV or an eTA to come to Canada, click here.


Below are some instances or scenarios wherein a foreign national (citizen) may perform work in Canada without a Canadian work permit:

  • Judges, Referees, SMEs, and similar officials
  • Emergency Service Providers
  • Business Visitors (sometimes on exploratory visits)
  • American Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement Officers
  • Military Personnel and other related Military Staff
  • Public Speakers and Orators
  • Foreign Government Officers
  • Performing Artists
  • Investigators conducting investigations in the areas of:
  • Aviation disasters, or other related
  • Crimes
  • Accidents
  • Crew members
  • In-Flight Security Officers
  • On-Campus Employment
  • Civil Aviation Inspectors
  • Athletes
  • Athletes Team Members
  • News Reporters
  • Media Personnel
  • Conventions Organizers
  • Conventions Coordinators
  • Clergy persons
  • Invigilators, Examiners, and Evaluators
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Foreign Representatives and their Family Members
  • Healthcare Students
  • Implied Status

Please contact us today to gain a better understanding on the current work permit requirements to Canada.

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