Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemption codes - International Mobility Program

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC 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 (IRPR) provide the regulatory authority to issue a work permit to a worker who does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) as per subparagraphs 200(1)(c)(i) to (ii.1).

There are specific situations that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) considers, by policy, as meeting the requirements of sections 204 through 208 of the IRPR. In doing so, the Department has created LMIA exemption streams (via unique administrative codes) to capture the different eligibilities or criteria for those specific situations. The LMIA exemption codes are listed in the following tables.

Legislative sections:

A25.2: Public policies

Act LMIA exemption code

Public policies issued under A25.2

R01

R204: International agreements or arrangements

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

Canada–International Non-Trade Agreements

Unique work situations:

T11
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/CUKTCA) T46
Contractual service supplier (CETA/CUKTCA) T47
Engineering technologists and scientific technologists (CETA/ CUKTCA) T48
Independent professional (CETA/CUKTCA) T43
Intra-corporate (company) transferee (CETA/CUKTCA) T44
Spouse (CETA/CUKTCA) 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 Program C18

R205: Canadian interests

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

Significant benefit

Unique work situations:

C10

Entrepreneurs: Self-employed or potential provincial nominee as an entrepreneur

Unique work situations:

C11

Intra-company transferees (including GATS)

Unique work situations

C12
Emergency repair or repair personnel for out-of-warranty equipment C13
Television and film production workers C14
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot C15
Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot spouses C17
Francophone mobility C16
Live-in caregivers whose permanent residence application is submitted A71
Caregivers whose permanent residence application is submitted under the Home Child Care Provider Pilot (HCCPP) or Home Support Worker Pilot (HSWP) (occupation-restricted open work permit) C90
Spouses and dependants at age of majority of caregivers whose permanent residence application is submitted under the HCCPP or HSWP C91

Permanent resident facilitation work permit categories

A75
R205(b) Reciprocal employment exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code

Reciprocal employment

Unique work situations:

C20
International Experience Canada Program 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 or common-law partners of skilled workers C41
Spouses or common-law partners of full-time 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
Religious work C50
Charitable 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
A70

R207.1: Vulnerable workers

R207.1 exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
1. Vulnerable workers A72
2. Family member of vulnerable worker A72

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

International Mobility Workers Unit (IMWU): POE assistance

The IMWU supports Canada Border Services Agency officers with enquiries related to LMIA exemptions and work permit exemptions and provides opinions to employers seeking to hire foreign nationals from visa-exempt countries currently outside of Canada.

The IMWU is available during business hours. Enquiries sent outside business hours will be answered on the next business day. 

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