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Jobs You Can Do In Canada Without A Work Permit

There are probably lots of foreign nationals who wish to work in Canada but are unable to do so due to the work permit requirement. A work permit is a legal document that authorizes a foreigner to work and receive payment.

However, there is a solution to this problem. There are some jobs that do not require a work permit and they are listed below.


Being an ordained minister as a foreign national, or you are a member of a religious order or even a layperson, it is possible to qualify for a work permit exemption.

Crew Member

A bus driver, truck driver, shipping, or airline worker who is a foreign national may qualify for a work permit exemption under two conditions. First, your work has to be related to operating vehicles, and second, vehicles you are working on must be vehicles that are owned and registered by enterprises outside of Canada and are used to transport passengers or cargo internationally.

Civil Aviation Minister

Peradventure you are employed to check cabin safety and flights operations of international flights through Canada, you are qualified for a work permit exemption.

Convention Organizer

You spearhead or organize international conventions or meetings, you may qualify for a work permit exemption. This however only applies to the heads that are those organizing the convention. The rest of the crew must possess proper work authorization.

Emergency Service Provider

As a foreign national who will be working in Canada to provide services when there is an emergency, you may qualify for a work permit exemption. Emergencies here include the likes of industrial accidents, natural disasters, and so on.

Military Personnel

In order to qualify for work permit exemption in Canada as military personnel from another country, you must possess movement orders that states that you’re entering Canada under the Visiting Forces Act.

Athlete or Coach

As a foreign national and a member of a foreign athletic team that is competing in Canada, you do not require a work permit.

Business Visitor

A foreign national who enters Canada to carry out business activities but does not enter into the labour market will not require a work permit.

Aviation Accident or Incident Investigator

To qualify for work permit exemption as an investigator in Canada, you must be an accredited adviser or agent and the investigation must be under Transportation Accident Investigation and safety board Act.

Student Working on Campus

As a full-time international student in Canada, you do not require a work permit to work on your campus of study. You are permitted to work 20hours a per week during study periods and full time during the scheduled holidays.

Other Jobs That do not Require a Work Permit Include:

  • Healthcare student
  • Aviation and incident investigator
  • Business visitor
  • Foreign government officer
  • Examiner and evaluator
  • Family of foreign representatives
  • News reporter
  • Referee or judge or a similar official
  • Expert witness or investigator
  • Athlete or coach
  • Performing artiste
  • Public speaker
  • Short term researcher
  • Short term highly skilled worker

If you are a foreign national in any of these positions or looking to be in any of these positions then you do not require a work permit. However, ensure that you understand the job description of the above-listed occupations perfectly to avoid unnecessary hassles.

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