Employer compliance exemptions

Some employers don’t need to use the Employer Portal or are exempt from the employer compliance fee.

Employers that don’t need to use the Employer Portal

Examples of work that falls under the categories outlined above.

Employer compliance fee exemptions

If you’re part of any of the programs or agreements listed below, you don’t need to pay the employer compliance fee when you hire a temporary worker.

In the Employer Portal, when asked if you’re paying fees, select “No, I am exempt from paying fees for this Offer of Employment”.

You need to give proof that you’re part of these programs or agreements when you submit an offer of employment. Proof can be a letter explaining how you’re part of the program or agreement. Upload the letter of explanation in the Proof of fee exemption field when you submit your offer.

Programs and agreements exempt from the employer compliance fee

Non-trade international agreements

These programs or agreements fall under R204(a) and include:

Reciprocal employment

These programs or agreements fall under R205(b) and include:

Work related to a research program

These programs or agreements fall under R205(c)(i) and include:

  • scientists and engineers participating in the Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program under:
    • National Research Council of Canada
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • scientists or post-doctoral fellows sponsored by Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.
  • scientists or scholars sponsored by:
    • National Research Council of Canada
    • National Resources Canada and its associated departments:
      • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
      • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
      • Defence Research and Development Canada
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • research chair positions:
    • Canada Research Chair
    • Canada Excellence Research Chair
    • similar research chair positions

Charitable or religious work

These programs or agreements fall under R205(d) and include:

  • Temporary workers who are exempt from the work permit processing fee. The temporary worker cannot receive payment for their work. They may receive a living expense stipend, which should be below the prevailing minimum wage. Otherwise, they should receive only non-monetary benefits (for example, housing and health care).
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