International Mobility Program: Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption codes

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Sections 204 to 208 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provide the regulatory authority to issue a work permit to a worker who does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA exemption codes are listed in the following tables.

Regulation sections:

R204: International agreements

R204(a) Canada-international exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code


Unique work situations:

Trader (FTA) T21
Investor (FTA) T22
Professional/technician (FTA) T23
Intra-company transferee (FTA) T24
Spouse (Colombia or Korea FTA) T25
GATS professional T33
Investor (CETA) T46
Contractual service supplier (CETA) T47
Independent professional (CETA) T43
Intra-corporate (company) transferee (CETA) T44
Spouse (CETA) T45
Investor (CPTPP) T50
Intra-company transferee (CPTPP) T51
Professional or technician (CPTPP) T52
Spouse (CPTPP) T53

R204(b) Provincial/territorial-international exemption codes

There are no approved agreements at this time

R204(c) Canada-provincial/territorial exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
Canada-provincial/territorial T13
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program C18

R205: Canadian interests

R205(a) Significant benefit exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code

Significant benefit

Unique work situations:



Unique work situations:


Intra-company transferees (including GATS)

Unique work situations:

Emergency repairs or repair personnel for out-of-warranty equipment C13
Television and film production workers C14
Francophone mobility C16
Live-in caregivers whose permanent residence application is submitted A71

Bridging open work permits

Unique work situations:

R205(b) Reciprocal employment exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code

Reciprocal employment

Unique work situations:

Youth exchange programs C21
Academic exchanges (professors, visiting lecturers C22
Performing arts C23

R205(c) Designated by Minister

R205(c)(i) Research exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
Research C31
i.1) Educational co-op – post-secondary C32
i.2) Educational co-op – secondary level C33
R205(c)(ii) Competitiveness and public policy exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
Spouses of skilled workers C41
Spouses of students C42
Post-grad employment C43
Post-doctoral Ph.D. fellows and award recipients C44
Off-campus employment See the instructions concerning students
Medical residents and fellows C45
R205(d) Charitable or religious work exemption code
Regulation LMIA exemption code
Charitable or religious work C50

R206: No other means of support

R206 exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
a. Refugee claimants S61
b. Persons under an unenforceable removal order S62

R207: Permanent residence applicants in Canada

R207 exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code

Permanent residence applicants in Canada:

  1. Live-in-caregiver class
  2. Spouse or common-law partner in Canada class
  3. Protected persons under subsection A95(2)
  4. Section A25 exemption (humanitarian and compassionate grounds)
  5. Family members of the above

R208: Humanitarian reasons

R208 exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
a. Destitute students H81
b. Holders of a temporary resident permit valid for a minimum of six months H82
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