Exception to LMIA (Free Trade Agreements)
LMIA-exempt work permits make it easier for a Canadian employer to hire a foreign worker.

There are specific situations in which Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issues work permits to those workers who do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

But what is a Free Trade Agreement?

A free trade agreement is an international agreement that contains provisions between Canada and another country to facilitate the temporary entry of business persons, professionals and/or investors. Eligible persons entering under an FTA will generally need a work permit, but are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).


The only Latin American nationals that have a treaty with Canada are:

  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru

There are multiple International Free Trade Agreements that Canada has entered into with multiple countries, therefore, the requirements vary depending on your nationality and level of education. For more information on all the international treaties available in Canada, click here.

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