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Trade Agreements

  • Trade Agreements

    Trade Agreements

    Canada-International Free Trade Agreements.

    International Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) contain provisions to facilitate, on a reciprocal basis, temporary entry for businesspersons. Eligible persons entering under an FTA will generally require a work permit but are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

    North America Free Trade Agreement Superseded by Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) as of July 1st, 2020

    NAFTA facilitates temporary entry for businesspersons who are citizens of the U.S., Mexico and Canada and who are involved in the trade of goods or services, or in investment activities.

    NAFTA removes the need for (LMIA) for all businesspersons covered by the Agreement.

    In the case of a business visitor, it removes the need for a work permit.

    For professionals and intra-company transferees, it expedites the application process because one can apply at the port of entry.

    Canada European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

    CETA facilitates entry for certain covered businesspersons who are citizens of Canada and EU member states by removing the requirement for Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs). 

    General Agreement on Trade and Services

    Like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the temporary entry of business persons under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) can be facilitated without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment. In the area of temporary entry of individuals, Canada requested and offered access for three categories of businesspersons: business visitors, intra-company transferees and professionals.

    GATS professionals include Group 1 includes six occupations: Engineers, Agrologists, Architects, Forestry professionals, Geomatics professionals and Land surveyors.

    Group 2 includes three occupations: Foreign legal consultants, Urban planners and Senior computer specialists. Professionals in this group are subject to additional requirements pertaining to the prospective enterprise in Canada and the foreign service provider. 

    Canada Chile FTA/Canada Peru FTA / Canada Columbia FTA.