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Working In Canada Without Work Permit

There are certain occupations that allow a foreign national to engage in Canadian employment without a work permit on a temporary basis and they are required to meet the additional exemption criteria for their specific job type.

Types of jobs in Canada that DO NOT require a Work Permit

The following types of jobs may not require a work permit for foreign nationals to engage in Canadian employment.

  • Athlete or Coach
  • Aviation accident or incident investigator
  • Business visitor
  • Civil aviation inspector
  • Clergy
  • Convention organizer
  • Crew member
  • Emergency service provider
  • Examiner and evaluator
  • Expert witness or investigator
  • A family member of a foreign representative
  • Foreign government officer or representative
  • Health care student
  • Judge, referee, or similar official
  • Military personnel
  • News reporter or film and media crew
  • Producer or staff member working on advertisements
  • Performing artist
  • Public speaker
  • Short-term highly-skilled worker
  • Short-term researcher
  • Student working off-campus
  • Student working on-campus