On September 21, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced a new international mobility program under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Like NAFTA, this free trade agreement allows for simplified movement between countries for business and work purposes. Under CETA, Canadian businesses may draw from the European workforce without the need to obtain a labour market impact assessment (LMIA) in some instances.
Three categories of individuals are considered to be LMIA-exempt under CETA:
Individuals falling into any of these categories are able to apply for entry to Canada at any Canadian port of entry. The length of time permitted for an individual’s stay will vary depending on the category they fall into and the nature of their work or investment:
The benefits of this LMIA exemption for Canadian business are significant, particularly for those with existing operations or service contracts in the EU and those looking to attract foreign investment.