International Mobility Program: Canadian interests – Significant benefit – Intra-company transferees – Qualifying job positions for functional managers [R205(a)] (exemption code C12)

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Functional managers in the intra-company transferee context, manage an essential function in the company, but do not necessarily manage staff. Essential function generally means a function that is indispensible or important to achieving the organization’s goals. A functional manager must operate at a senior level within the organization or within the function managed, and have discretion over the day-to-day operations of the function. Factors that may support functional manager status include:

  • providing coordination and guidance to other managers;
  • having responsibility over assets or sales with a large dollar value;
  • directing the work of subcontracted firms.

Excluded will be persons who are in positions that are more accurately defined as junior management. Positions defined as managing supervisor, supervisor, or foreman, or persons with managerial sounding titles only, would not qualify. A first line supervisor is not considered to be acting in a managerial capacity unless the employees who are being supervised are professionals. A functional manager does not primarily perform tasks required in the production of a product or in the delivery of a service.

All persons included should be in the NOC group 0 applying to Management Occupations. Only those persons whose positions are defined as Senior Managers who plan, organize, direct or control a business should be included. This exemption is not available to persons whose positions are more accurately defined as middle managers. As a result:

  • NOC groups 0013 to 0016 should be included;
  • NOC groups 01 to 09 may be included depending on the responsibility of the position.
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