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Temporary Entry for Business Persons

Temporary entry into Canada for business persons is facilitated through several ways. For instance, under the International Mobility Program for Entrepreneurs & Self-employed, persons who can contribute a significant economic or cultural benefit to Canada as per R205(a) can get a Work Permit with C11 exemption code. Similarly Intra-company transferees can also get a Work Permit under R205(a) with LMIA exemption code C12. Under the Trade Agreements, an intra-company transferee can get Work Permit as per R204(a) with exemption code T24. It is very crucial for businesses to get an assessment for the most suitable option for them considering their short-term and long-term goals.

The International Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) between Canada and specific other countries are meant to facilitate temporary entry of business persons. These business persons could include business visitors, professionals, intra-company transferee, traders and investors. Business visitors do not need a work permit but all other categories require a work permit without LMIA. A brief idea about the FTAs has been discussed below.


Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA)

It aims at liberalizing trade between the U.S., Mexico and Canada by abolishing tariffs and other trade barriers.

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Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA)

CCFTA defines the rules of entry between Canada & Chile for business visitors, professionals, intra-company transferee and traders & investors.


General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)

It facilitates entry of business persons into Canada on a temporary basis without the need of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).


Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

CETA was modified with the use of the special program code of CUKTCA & EU-CETA since 1st April 2021.


Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) 

CPTPP is a free trade agreement between Canada and ten other countries in the Asia-Pacific.


Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

It defines the procedures and protocols for a free trade between Canada and Colombia.

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Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

The CKFTA signed between Canada and Korea to facilitate trade has all the basic provisions of NAFTA with some modifications.

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Canada-Peru FTA

This agreement defines the free trade between Peru and Canada was signed on 29 May 2008 & came into force on 1 August 2009.

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Canada–Panama Free Trade Agreement

This agreement is similar to the temporary entry provisions set out in Chapter 16 of the NAFTA and enables free trade between Canada & Panama

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Agreement on Trade Continuity between Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (CUKTCA) 

CUKTCA is modelled on the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

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