International Mobility Program: Canada-International Non-Trade Agreements [R204(a) – T11]

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.

Note: Not included under these agreements are diplomatic agreements with United Nations Organizations, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Persons entering under diplomatic agreements may be facilitated under R186(b). (See Foreign representatives, family members and domestic workers.)

Agreements and descriptions

Airline Personnel

Numerous bilateral air transport agreements exist between Canada and other countries. See Work without a permit R186(s) – Crew

Airline Telecommunication & Information Services (SITA)

This organization, located in Montreal, has a mandate of developing the fields of transmission and processing all categories of information necessary for airline operation and to study any related problems to promote air transportation safety and dispatch reliability in all countries. They cooperate with IATA, ICAO and other governmental and non-governmental bodies in these fields. Given the benefits of having the North American and Caribbean headquarters of SITA in Canada, CIC has undertaken to facilitate such foreign workers as SITA deems necessary to engage.

Canada-Bermuda Memorandum of Understanding, Professional Trainees

Temporary employment in Canada under the terms set out in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Canada and Bermuda. Procedures are as follows.

People seeking to engage in employment in Canada pursuant to this MOU must:

  • possess Bermuda status and normally reside in that country;
  • be graduates of a professional course of a recognized Canadian university or other eligible Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • have completed their academic training, but not yet have taken up their profession in Bermuda; and
  • be selected by a designate of the Bermudian Government to engage in employment meeting the following requirements:
    • the functions and duties of the position must provide practical experience solely in the profession in which that worker has recently completed academic training and in which that worker will engage upon returning to Bermuda;
    • the worker must not engage in employment in Canada for a period in excess of two years unless otherwise mutually agreed upon by Canadian parties concerned on a case by case basis.

Documentation required:

  • a written employment offer;
  • evidence from the appropriate provincial/territorial or Canadian professional licensing or regulatory body indicating that it has no objection to the applicant exercising their profession in Canada; and
  • a statement that the applicant will return to Bermuda to pursue their profession upon completion of the term of employment.

Canada-U.S. Understanding of Arrangement

U.S. IRS employees

See United States government personnel for more information.

Cooperative Waterfowl Survey & Banding Program

The program is conducted by the Canadian Wildlife Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Program participants include biologists, research personnel and airline pilots who generally come as teams of two or more to participate in ecological surveys, often in isolated areas.

Public Safety Canada

Emergency service providers are facilitated under R186(t). However, from time to time, there are agreements in place with Public Safety Canada for foreign workers to come to Canada for the purpose of incidents which are not of an emergency nature. The person will be in possession of a letter referring to an agreement. If clarification is required, officers should contact the office of Public Safety Canada in Ottawa at 613-991-7077.

Film co-production

All temporary workers entering Canada to take employment under the terms of a film co-production agreement between Canada and any foreign country.
See also: Artistic and performing arts.

Fulbright Program between Canada and the U.S.

Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America; this organization facilitates academic (both work and study) exchanges for participants. Work permits are fee exempt [R299(2)(h)].

See Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada Scholarship Programs for more information

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Headquartered in Montreal, IATA is an association of over 220 of the world’s airlines. The Government of Canada completed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding IATA operations in Canada in 1987. Included in the MOU is a commitment to facilitate issuance of work permits made to officers, employees or specialists contracted to IATA.

International Pacific Halibut Commission

Sea and port samplers are employed to conduct research at various ports in British Columbia during the halibut season. Their entry is pursuant to the Pacific Halibut Fishery Regulations, a Canada/U.S. Agreement.

Jamaica: Seasonal Agricultural Program, Liaison Officers

Canada has a MOU with the Jamaican Government concerning the Commonwealth Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (signed in 1994). The agricultural workers themselves must have Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIAs), however, there is provision in the Operational Guidelines of the agreement for the Jamaican government to appoint one or more agents to Canada to ensure the smooth functioning of the program. Liaison Officers appointed to work at the Jamaican Liaison Service office in Toronto would qualify under this exemption.

Malaysia, Professional Accounting Trainees

Malaysia recognizes the professional standards of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and wishes to ensure that Malaysian students acquire the educational and technical knowledge to meet these standards by articling upon graduating from Canadian institutions of higher learning in the field of business programs related to accounting.

Through a MOU, the Government of Canada has agreed that Malaysian nationals who have completed the appropriate academic professional training in Canada from a recognized Canadian university or post-secondary institution may take employment for the purpose of gaining practical experience before assuming their profession as chartered accountants in Malaysia.

To engage in employment pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding, the worker must:

  • be a Malaysian national and normally reside in Malaysia;
  • be a graduate of a professional course of a recognized Canadian university or other eligible Canadian post-secondary institution in the field of business programs related to accounting;
  • have completed their academic training, but not yet taken up their profession in Malaysia; and
  • be certified by a designate of the Malaysian Government to engage in employment meeting the requirements of employment as outlined below.

To be considered eligible, the employment must:

  • provide practical experience solely in the profession of chartered accountant, a profession in which the worker will engage upon returning to Malaysia; and
  • be pursuant to the MOU only for the period necessary to be received as a chartered accountant, which shall not exceed three years unless otherwise mutually agreed upon by the parties concerned (to be assessed on a case by case basis).

Listed below are the documents that applicants must submit:

  • a written employment offer which can be obtained through the efforts of the worker or with the assistance of the Government of Malaysia;
  • evidence that the appropriate provincial/territorial or Canadian professional licensing or regulatory body governing chartered accountants has no objection to the worker articling in Canada;
  • a statement from the applicant that they intend to return to Malaysia to pursue their profession upon completion of employment; and
  • a statement from a representative of the Malaysian Government certifying participation in the program.

The documentation required to obtain a work permit is presented to the visa office unless the worker is already in Canada and is able to obtain a work permit in Canada.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Persons entering Canada to take employment at facilities located at Foley Lake, Nova Scotia or Carp, Ontario. Their stay in Canada may be for many years and consequently long-term work permits may be issued pursuant to R204. See military personnel and family members.

NATO nations are covered by the Status of Forces Agreement (taken from the Visiting Forces Act). Military personnel coming to Canada under NATO, including the civilian component, are exempt from a work permit pursuant to R186(d).

North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES); North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC) and Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO)

These are intergovernmental scientific bodies that promote and coordinate marine scientific research, and as such, bring in scientists under Intern or Visiting Scientist programs which occur under international arrangements that Canada has with other member countries. These organizations enjoy special status under the Foreign Missions and International Organizations Act. As Canada is a State Member of each organization it follows that Canadian citizens are eligible to apply for the respective internship programs.

Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD)

Exchanges are arranged in Canada through the Public Service Commission. Individuals are provided with copies of the International Assignment Agreement as it relates to their assignments and should be in possession of their agreement when seeking entry. A work permit may be issued for the length of time specified in the agreement. Alternatively, if the individual qualifies under R186(e), they may be authorized to enter Canada as a visitor.

Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC)

The PSC is an international scientific body created to implement the Pacific Salmon Treaty, signed in 1985 between the governments of Canada and the U.S. As with the Halibut Commission, samplers and scientists should be allowed an LMIA-exempt entry.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Persons entering Canada from the U.S. to take employment under the terms of the Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the U.S. relating to the establishment of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park.

Supporting documentation: an offer of employment from the Park’s Commission. Fee exempt.

Scientific and Technical Cooperation Agreement between Canada and Germany

In 1971, Canada and Germany entered an agreement to facilitate and encourage scientific and technological cooperation and exchanges of information and personnel between the agencies, organizations and enterprises in the public and private sectors of the two countries. Fields of cooperation may vary from year to year.


Telefilm administers coproduction agreements on the Canadian government's behalf. The official coproduction agreements enable Canadian producers and their foreign counterparts to pool their creative, artistic, technical and financial resources to co-produce films and television programs that enjoy the status of national productions in each of the countries concerned.

See artistic/performing arts – Film co-producers – for more information

U.S. Government Personnel

See United States government personnel for more information.

Note: Instances may occur where workers come forward pursuant to a valid agreement that may not be on the list. In such cases, admission should be facilitated if workers can satisfy the officer that there is an agreement that covers their admission.

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