Do You Know You Can Work In Canada Without A Work Permit?

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To live and work in Canada requires a Temporary Resident Permit, a positive LMIA (labor market impact assessment) and a Work Permit which is one onerous task for most immigrants wishing to move to Canada.

Canada is a multi-trillion dollar economy, this feat offers prospects for both investors and workers alike, the Canadian economy is most welcoming to immigrants especially skilled immigrants who assimilate into the society seamlessly because of Canada multiculturalism.

In 1971 Under the able leadership of late Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Canada became the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy.


However working in Canada without a work permit is frowned on by the authorities and can earn you inadmissibility status, a status that can prevent your re-entry into Canada for a couple of years or as decided by the appropriate authorities, this serves as a deterrent to other immigrants that Canadian laws and regulation is sacrosanct.

There are several legal jobs and engagement you can perform in Canada without an LMIA report or a work permit. Your stay in Canada is protected so long you remain under the purview provided by the Canadian authorities.


Obtaining a Temporary Resident Permit is a must for immigrants who qualify to work in Canada without a work permit or LMIA. Temporary Resident Permit allows you to reside in Canada for a brief period of time.

If your occupation or interest falls under the following categories of occupation or interest then you are exempted from obtaining a work permit.

Performing Artist

You can work in Canada legally without a work permit if

  • You are part of a circus
  • Guest speaker for a Canadian TV and radio shows
  • An artist invited to perform at a  wedding or other private events
  • You are part of a band invited to perform at a bar, restaurants, and pubs

However, if you are part of a band invited for a Canadian theatrical performance, you are required to obtain a work permit in Canada.

Farm Worker

If you are on a visitor’s visa to explore beautiful Canada, you can work on a non-commercial farm strictly for volunteer basis with no expected remuneration.

Implied Status

If you are a Temporary Resident already working in Canada and your work permit expires, you can continue working without a work permit under Implied Status, provided you applied for a work permit 30 days before your original work permit expired.

Emergency Service Providers

If lending a helping hand during crisis and emergency is your signature, you can work in Canada without a work permit. The persons under these categories include

  • Doctors
  • Appraisers
  • Medical teams and
  • Foreign insurance adjusters

If your occupation or interest falls under any of these categories, you can enter Canada and work without a work permit,  

  • Business Visitors
  • Foreign Representatives and their Family Members
  • Military Personnel
  • Foreign Government Officers
  • American Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement Officers
  • In-Flight Security Officers
  • On-Campus Employment
  • Athletes and Team Members
  • News Reporters, Media Crews
  • Public Speakers
  • Convention Organizers
  • Clergy
  • Judges, Referees, and Similar Officials
  • Examiners and Evaluators
  • Expert Witnesses and Investigators
  • Health Care Students
  • Civil Aviation Inspectors
  • Aviation or Accident Investigators
  • Crew

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