The purpose of the IMP is to promote Canada’s broad economic, social, and cultural interests. Since the IMP’s policy goals are broader, the Canadian government does not use the LMIA process on foreign nationals who fall under any of the IMP’s streams.

The International Mobility Program allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers on a Canada work permit without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Positions exempt from requiring a LMIA are those which:

  •       Provide broad economic, cultural or other competitive advantages for Canada, and
  •       Provide reciprocal benefits for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Workers who are eligible for the International Mobility Program (IMP) include:

  •       Those entering Canada as part of trade treaties, such as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA).
  •       Those entering Canada on an open work permit.

·        Those entering Canada as intra-company transferees.

Open Work Permits

As mentioned previously, work programs under the IMP do not require an LMIA. Applicants only require an open work permit which allows you to work for any employer in Canada. Below are some of the programs that fall under the International Mobility Program: 

Program/StreamEligible applicants
The Post Graduation Work Permit Program

For individuals who have studied at and graduated from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI)

Reciprocal Youth Exchange Agreementssuch as the International Experience Canada (IEC) – for those between the ages of 18 and 30 (35) years of age who want to travel and work in Canada

International Free Trade AgreementsSuch as North American Free Trade Agreement; Canada-Chile FTA/Canada-Peru FTA/Canada-Columbia FTA/Canada-Korea FTA/;Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) etc.

Intra-Company Transfer Program

For individuals planning to transfer to a Canadian branch of the company they currently work for

The Bridging Open Work Permitfor those who want to work in Canada and are in the transition phase of becoming a permanent resident

Circumstances of Social or Cultural Benefit to CanadaFor individuals who can contribute to Canada in a significant way through the program. This will be reliant on the applicant’s past successes, recommendations and testimonials from those in a relevant field of expertise.

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