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Working and immigrating under Canada’s Free Trade Agreements

December 19, 2022

By CIC News |

What are the benefits of FTAs?
FTAs allow business people from signatory nations to enter and temporarily work in Canada. These individuals do need a work permit to enter Canada—however, they will not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to obtain it. The LMIA is the Canadian government’s internal assessment to judge the effect of hiring a foreign worker, on the Canadian labour market; being LMIA-exempt makes the process of obtaining a work permit under an FTA program easier and faster.

These individuals will have the opportunity to work, and potentially even immigrate to Canada under permanent residence (PR). Individuals applying for PR will be able to cite their Canadian work experience in their immigration applications—experience that Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) values highly when evaluating candidates; and one of the best ways to raise one’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The CRS is the primary way that candidates in the Express Entry pool are judged. The Express Entry system of programs is the main pathway the federal government uses to welcomes economic class immigrants to Canada—and encompasses the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

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