Program delivery update – February 3, 2016

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.

Introduction of new categories of Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt work permits under section 205 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

Summary

New categories of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt work permits under section 205 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations have been introduced. In addition, the instructions on the business visitor category under section R186 have been clarified.

  • The LMIA exemption code C14 applies to foreign nationals whose work is essential to a television or film production and would create and maintain significant economic benefits and opportunities for Canadians and permanent residents.
  • The LMIA exemption code C23 applies to foreign nationals working in dance (e.g., ballet, contemporary), opera, orchestra and live theatre whose work contributes to competitive advantages and reciprocal benefits for all Canadians, including Canadian performing artists and performing arts organizations.
  • Foreign nationals who are employed as film producers, essential personnel for commercial (i.e., advertising) shoots, and film and recording studio users may be considered under the business visitor category.

New instructions

  • International Mobility Program: Canadian interests – Significant benefit – Television and film production workers [R205(a)] (exemption code C14)
  • International Mobility Program: Canadian interests – Reciprocal employment – Performing arts [R205(b)] (exemption code C23)

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