International Mobility Program: Labour Market Impact Assessment exemption codes

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Sections 204 to 208 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations provide the regulatory authority to issue a work permit to a worker who does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The LMIA exemption codes are listed in the following tables.

Regulation sections:

R204: International agreements

R204(a) Canada-international exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code

Non-trade

Unique work situations:

T11
Trader (FTA) T21
Investor (FTA) T22
Professional/technician (FTA) T23
Intra-company transferee (FTA) T24
Spouse (Colombia or Korea FTA) T25
GATS professional T33
Investor (CETA) T46
Contractual service supplier (CETA) T47
Independent professional (CETA) T43
Intra-corporate (company) transferee (CETA) T44
Spouse (CETA) T45

R204(b) Provincial/territorial-international exemption codes

There are no approved agreements at this time

R204(c) Canada-provincial/territorial exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
Canada-provincial/territorial T13
Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program C18

R205: Canadian interests

R205(a) Significant benefit exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code

Significant benefit

Unique work situations:

C10

Entrepreneurs

Unique work situations:

C11

Intra-company transferees (including GATS)

Unique work situations:

C12
Emergency repairs or repair personnel for out-of-warranty equipment C13
Television and film production workers C14
Francophone mobility C16
Live-in caregivers whose permanent residence application is submitted A71

Bridging open work permits

Unique work situations:

A75
R205(b) Reciprocal employment exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code

Reciprocal employment

Unique work situations:

C20
Youth exchange programs C21
Academic exchanges (professors, visiting lecturers C22
Performing arts C23

R205(c) Designated by Minister

R205(c)(i) Research exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
Research C31
i.1) Educational co-op – post-secondary C32
i.2) Educational co-op – secondary level C33
R205(c)(ii) Competitiveness and public policy exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
Spouses of skilled workers C41
Spouses of students C42
Post-grad employment C43
Post-doctoral Ph.D. fellows and award recipients C44
Off-campus employment See the instructions concerning students
Medical residents and fellows C45
R205(d) Charitable or religious work exemption code
Regulation LMIA exemption code
Charitable or religious work C50

R206: No other means of support

R206 exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
a. Refugee claimants S61
b. Persons under an unenforceable removal order S62

R207: Permanent residence applicants in Canada

R207 exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code

Permanent residence applicants in Canada:

  1. Live-in-caregiver class
  2. Spouse or common-law partner in Canada class
  3. Protected persons under subsection A95(2)
  4. Section A25 exemption (humanitarian and compassionate grounds)
  5. Family members of the above
A70

R208: Humanitarian reasons

R208 exemption codes
Regulation LMIA exemption code
a. Destitute students H81
b. Holders of a temporary resident permit valid for a minimum of six months H82
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