Professionals and Technicians – T52 (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership)

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.

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) contains provisions for the temporary entry of professionals and technicians.

The CPTPP includes a list of specific occupations permitted under the professionals and technicians category on a country-by-country basis.

Applications under this category can be made from within Canada, at a port of entry or at a Canadian mission abroad, per the requirements set out in sections 197, 198 and 199 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

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General criteria for professionals and technicians

  • Professionals and technicians should be remunerated at a level commensurate with other similarly qualified professionals and technicians in the industry in the region where the work is performed. Such remuneration should not include non-monetary elements, such as housing costs and travel expenses.
  • Professionals and technicians should present documentation that provides the following information:
    • the occupation for which entry is sought
    • their province or territory of destination
    • details of the position (job description, duration of employment, arrangements regarding payment)
    • the educational qualification or alternative credentials required to discharge job duties in Canada (such as licensing or certification)

Both professionals and technicians must have theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge and either of the following:

  • where the occupation is regulated by the province or territory of the applicant’s intended destination, evidence of licensing or certification in their occupation from the applicable Canadian or foreign regulatory body
  • where the occupation is not regulated by the province or territory of the applicant’s intended destination, or where licensing or certification is not required to fulfill the offer of employment, evidence of study in a field of study related to the specialty occupation (theoretical) and evidence of paid work experience in the specialty occupation (practical)

Note: Information on determining which occupations are regulated at a provincial and territorial level in Canada can be found online, at either the Government of Canada’s Job Bank or The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

Language requirement

The officer should be satisfied that the applicant has the ability to communicate in 1 of the official languages for the purposes of the job they intend to perform.

If an officer has concerns about the applicant’s ability to communicate in 1 of the 2 official languages, the officer may ask the applicant to provide evidence to satisfy the officer that the applicant’s language abilities will permit them to perform the specific job for which they were hired and that they understand the health and safety requirements of their workplace.

Officers may request documentary evidence, such as the level of English- or French-language education obtained, correspondence with the intended employer and examples of previous work undertaken in countries where English or French is an official language, to aid them in assessing language ability.

See Assessing language requirements for instructions on how officers can assess language ability.

Note: An applicant whose letter of offer outlines specific official language requirements must satisfy the officer that they meet those requirements.

Note: The Canadian company needs to submit an offer of employment through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Employer Portal. They must also pay the employer compliance fee, as it is the Canadian company that is creating the need for the temporary worker to enter Canada. The offer of employment is only for the assessment of a work permit and does not establish the standard employee–employer relationship, as normally understood in the labour force. It is simply a requirement of the employer compliance program.

Length of stay

The applicant’s length of stay is 1 year, with possible extensions at the officer’s discretion, if the applicant is able to provide documentation that satisfies the processing officer of their need to have their stay extended.

See Extending work permits under the CPTPP for details on when an application can be extended.

Specific criteria for professionals

Professionals require both of the following:

  • a post-secondary degree of 4 or more years of study, unless otherwise specified in the country-specific occupation list, and any additional requirements defined in the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  • paid work experience for a length of 2 years in the sector of activity of the contract

Specific criteria for technicians

Technicians require both of the following:

  • a post-secondary or technical degree requiring 2 or more years of study as a minimum for entry into the occupation, unless other criteria are provided in the program delivery instructions, as well as any other minimum requirements for entry defined in the NOC
  • paid work experience for a length of 4 years in the sector of activity of the contract

Country-specific occupations

Australia

Professionals

Canadian educational requirements for Australian professionals should be deemed to be met whenever an Australian professional has met the Australian equivalent educational qualification. This is generally a 3-year bachelor’s degree. Australian professionals also require a letter provided by the Canadian client or employer, indicating that the Australian professional’s qualifications are acceptable in Canada.

Note: A bachelor’s degree in Australia can be obtained after 3 years of study.

All NOC-0 and NOC-A occupations are permitted, except the following:

  • health, education and social services occupations and related occupations
  • judges and notaries
  • managers in postal and courier services
  • managers of telecommunications carriers
  • occupations related to cultural industries
  • recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors

Technicians

The following occupations that are listed as NOC B are permitted:

  • aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
  • architectural technologists and technicians
  • civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • computer and information systems technicians (occupations include elements of NOC A)
  • construction inspectors and estimators
  • drafting technologists and technicians
  • electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • electricians
  • engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers
  • graphic designers and illustrators
  • industrial designers
  • industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • interior designers
  • international purchasing and selling agents
  • land survey technologists and technicians
  • mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • oil and gas well drillers, servicers and testers
  • plumbers
  • technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
  • supervisors in the following areas:
    • food, beverage and tobacco processing fields
    • forest products processing field
    • machinists and related occupations
    • mineral and metal processing
    • mining and quarrying
    • oil and gas drilling and service
    • petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    • plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    • printing and related occupations
    • textile processing
  • Contractors and supervisors in the following areas:
    • carpentry trades
    • electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • heavy construction equipment crews
    • installers, repairers and servicers
    • mechanic trades
    • metal forming
    • other construction trades
    • pipefitting trades
    • shaping and erecting trades

Japan

Professionals

All NOC-0 and NOC-A occupations are permitted, except the following:

  • health, education and social services occupations and related occupations
  • judges, lawyers and notaries, except foreign legal consultants
  • managers in postal and courier services
  • managers of telecommunications carriers
  • occupations related to cultural industries
  • recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
  • researchers, except those working at an academic entity

Technicians

A Japanese associate’s degree, the equivalent of such a degree or a higher level of education is required.

The following occupations that are listed as NOC B are permitted:

  • aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors
  • architectural technologists and technicians
  • civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • computer and information systems technicians (occupations include elements of NOC A)
  • construction inspectors and estimators
  • drafting technologists and technicians
  • electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers
  • graphic designers and illustrators
  • industrial designers
  • industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • interior designers
  • international purchasing and selling agents
  • land survey technologists and technicians
  • mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • oil and gas well drillers, servicers and testers (excluding operators)
  • technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology
  • supervisors in the following areas:
    • carpentry trades
    • electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • food, beverage and tobacco processing
    • forest products processing
    • heavy construction equipment crews
    • installers, repairers and servicers
    • machinists and related occupations
    • mechanic trades
    • metal forming
    • mineral and metal processing
    • mining and quarrying
    • oil and gas drilling and service
    • other construction trades
    • petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities
    • pipefitting trades
    • plastic and rubber products manufacturing
    • printing and related occupations
    • shaping and erecting trades
    • textile processing

Mexico

Professionals

All NOC-0 and NOC-A occupations are permitted, except the following:

  • health, education and social services occupations and related occupations
  • judges, lawyers and notaries, except foreign legal consultants
  • managers in postal and courier services
  • managers of telecommunications carriers
  • occupations related to cultural industries
  • recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors

Technicians

The following occupations that are listed as NOC B are permitted:

  • civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • computer and information systems technicians (occupations include elements of NOC A)
  • construction inspectors and estimators
  • electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • electricians
  • engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers
  • graphic designers and illustrators
  • industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • interior designers
  • mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • contractors and supervisors in the following areas:
    • electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • heavy construction equipment crews
    • installers, repairers and servicers
    • other construction trades

Spousal provisions – T53

Spousal eligibility is based on the citizenship or permanent resident status of the principal applicant.

Professionals

An open work permit may be issued to the spouse of a professional if the principal applicant is either of the following:

  • a citizen of Australia, Japan or Mexico
  • a permanent resident of Australia

Technicians

An open work permit may be issued to the spouse of a technician if the principal applicant is either of the following:

  • a citizen of Australia, Japan or Mexico
  • a permanent resident of Australia
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