Federal-provincial agreements overview [R204(c) – T13] – Agreements and arrangements – 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.
Paragraph 204(c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations allows a work permit to be issued where the intended work of the foreign national is subject to an agreement entered into by the minister and a province or group of provinces.
In this situation, “province” legally refers to provinces and territories. Therefore, in these instructions, when “province” is used, it refers to both provinces and territories.
Federal-provincial foreign worker agreements, or foreign worker annexes to broader federal-provincial immigration agreements, include provisions that allow work permits to be issued without requiring a labour market impact assessment (LMIA).
Agreements between the federal government and provinces or territories are updated regularly. To view the foreign worker annexes in effect, see Federal-Provincial/Territorial Agreements.
Work performed under an agreement that may be considered for an LMIA exemption under paragraph R204(c) (LMIA-exemption code T13) must fall under 1 of the following categories:
- Significant Investment Projects
- Exceptional or Unforeseen Events (such as natural disasters)
- Nominated by a province for permanent residence
- Specific Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders currently in Quebec [R205(a) – A75]
- Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ) holders currently outside Quebec [R205(a) – A76]
- Provincial business candidates or Quebec CSQ approved self-employed seeking eventual permanent residence [R205(a) – C11]
- Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) [R024(c) – C18]
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