How to Work in Canada Without a Work Permit?

Usually, people need a work permit to work in Canada. A work permit is a legal document that allows people to work and get paid by a Canadian employer. However, some jobs do not require a work permit. Let’s delve into the details to know how you can work in Canada without this permit.

Jobs That Do Not Need a Work Permit

Certain jobs in Canada allow you to work without a work permit. However, the candidates must also meet other rules listed on the International Mobility Program page.

Here are the jobs:

  • Athlete or Coach

Any athlete or coach on a foreign team playing in Canada, they don’t need a work permit. The same policy also applies to other team members. However, if you are on a Canadian team, you do need a work permit.

  • Aviation Accident Investigator

 Agents or advisers investigating aviation accidents in Canada may not need a work permit. Specifically in cases when their investigation is under the Transportation Accident Investigation and Safety Board Act.

  • Business Visitor

Business visitors do business activities in Canada without joining the labor market and they do not need a work permit. Ensure you understand the difference between a business visitor and a business person to meet the rules.

  • Civil Aviation Inspector

Inspectors who check international flight operations and cabin safety may not need a work permit.

  • Clergy

People doing religious work like preaching or giving spiritual advice may not need a work permit. It includes ordained ministers, members of religious orders, or laypersons.

  • Convention Organizer

People who organize or oversee international conventions or meetings may not need a work permit. However, this only applies to organizers; those doing hands-on services, like audio-visual services, need the right work papers.

  • Crew Member

Foreign nationals working as truck drivers, bus drivers, or in shipping or airlines may not need a work permit if:

  • They operate vehicles owned and registered by foreign companies used for international transport.
  • Their duties are directly related to vehicle operation or passenger service.

 

  • Emergency Service Provider

People providing emergency services to save lives or property in Canada may not need a work permit. This includes services during natural disasters like fires floods, or industrial accidents posing environmental threats.

  • Examiner and Evaluator

Professors or academic experts may not need a work permit to evaluate or supervise academic projects, research proposals, and theses. They can be employed by Canadian schools or research groups.

  • Expert Witness or Investigator

If you are an expert witness or investigator, you may not need a work permit. There is no need to give evidence before a regulatory body, court of law, or tribunal.

  • Family Member of Foreign Representative

If you are a family member of a foreign representative, there is no need for a work permit.

  • Foreign Government Officer or Representative

Foreign government officers or representatives working in Canada do not require a work permit.

  • Health Care Student

Healthcare students doing their clinical clerkships in Canada may not need a work permit.

  • Judge, Referee, or Similar Official

Judges, referees, or similar officials for international events may not need a work permit.

  • Military Personnel

A member of the armed forces of another country does not need a work permit under the Visiting Forces Act.

  • News Reporter or Film and Media Crew

Journalists and crew members for foreign news outlets or filming purposes do not require a work permit.

  • Producer or Staff Member Working on Advertisements

People working on foreign-financed commercial or ad shoots for TV, magazines, or other media may not need a work permit if they are film producers, actors, directors, technicians, or other essential personnel. This is usually for short-term work, not more than two weeks.

  • Performing Artist

Some foreign performing artists can work in Canada without a work permit if they are the artist or the artist’s key support staff, their performance is for a limited time, they are not hired for ongoing Canadian employment by the group, and they are not making broadcasts for TV, radio, or film.

  • Public Speaker

Guest speakers, commercial speakers, or seminar leaders also do not require a work permit. However, the condition applied only if  their event lasts no longer than five days.

  • Short-Term Highly-Skilled Worker

High-skilled workers do not need a work permit for short-term work in Canada. However, they work for 15 days or less, and six months have passed since the first day of work under the last use of this rule, or they work for 30 days or less and 12 months have passed since the first day of work under the last use of this rule. This rule is for foreign nationals living outside of Canada.

  • Short-Term Researcher

Short-term researchers may not need a work permit if their research is: 

  • At a public degree-granting institution 
  • At an affiliated research institution
  • the job lasts no more than 120 days, and they have not used this rule in the last 12 months.

 

  • Student Working Off-Campus

Full-time international students can work off-campus during their studies without a work permit. These students can work up to 20 hours per week during study periods and full-time during school breaks.

  • Student Working On-Campus

Full-time international students in Canada can work on-campus without a work permit. Such students can work up to 20 hours per week during study periods and full-time during school breaks.

Assistance with Migration to Canada

Asif Consulting helps people move to Canada. We offer many services like permanent residence visas, study visas, and tourist visas, and guide the process to move to Canada.

  • Permanent Residence Visas

Asif Consulting helps with permanent residence visas like Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). They assist in creating profiles, preparing documents, and submitting applications to increase your chances of being selected as a skilled worker.

  • Study Visas

Our professionals help students who want to study in Canada by providing information about study programs, schools, and application processes, as well as assisting with visa applications to ensure all necessary documents are included.

  • Tourist Visas

Asif Consulting can help you visit Canada as a tourist by guiding you through the visa application process and helping you prepare documents and comply with travel rules.

Benefits of Using Asif Consulting

  • Expert Guidance: They have in-depth knowledge of Canadian immigration laws and procedures.
  • Personalized Service: They offer tailored assistance based on your needs.
  • Comprehensive Support: They help with everything from permanent residence visas to study and tourist visas.

Important Information

Job Category Work Permit Needed?
Athlete or Coach No
Aviation Accident Investigator No
Business Visitor No
Civil Aviation Inspector No
Religious Worker No
Convention Organizer No
Crew Member No
Emergency Service Provider No
Examiner and Evaluator No
Expert Witness or Investigator No
Family Member of Foreign Representative No
Foreign Government Officer or Representative No
Health Care Student No
Judge, Referee, or Similar Official No
Military Personnel No
News Reporter or Film and Media Crew No
Producer or Staff Member Working on Ads No
Performing Artist No
Public Speaker No
Short-term Highly-skilled Worker No
Short-term Researcher No
Student Working Off-campus No
Student Working On-campus No

This table shows which jobs do not need a work permit in Canada.

Conclusion

Working in Canada without a work permit is possible in certain jobs. If you meet the rules, you can work in Canada without this legal document. Asif Consulting can help you move to Canada easily, whether you want to work, study, or visit as a tourist. They offer expert guidance and personalized support, making your move to Canada smooth and successful.