Your Guide to Securing a Canadian Work Permit

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officials should consider the possible effects on Canadian workers before granting foreign workers a work permit. Thus, an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) is usually compulsory.

However, if there is an exemption of ‘significant benefit’ the employer can avoid the need for an LMIA —Specifically, if the benefits of granting a work permit outweigh the possible disadvantages of delaying their entry or not admitting the foreign worker. In such cases, even with the absence of an LMIA, other factors can allow a foreign worker to receive a Significant Benefit Work Permit (SBWP) —Work permits that are exempt from the LMIA and will be processed more quickly.

Note that employers need to apply for SBWPs and not individual foreign workers.

What counts as a significant benefit?

An applicant who wants to secure an SBWP in Canada must demonstrate that their employment will significantly benefit Canada socially, culturally, or economically.

An evaluation of how an international worker will contribute to the stability of Canada’s economy can be a significant benefit in this sense.

Contributions like this to the economy might involve developing a sector or industry in a remote area or specific region, promoting export markets for Canadian goods and services, and generating employment.

Furthermore, if the employee’s work could help in the progress of a Canadian industry (such as through product, service innovation, or technological advancements) or aid in enhancing Canadian skill sets, they may have better success applying for these work permits.

The work of the foreign national could also lead to a betterment in the overall health and well-being, both mental and physical, of people across Canada or within specific regions. Moreover, foreign workers could promote tolerance, increase knowledge, or provide opportunities for interaction among individuals of similar or different cultural backgrounds.

There are also more specific criteria for every significant benefit that foreign workers can provide.

Candidates must demonstrate their history in their specialized sector. Specifically, they need to show a distinguished track record through:

Canadian authorities consider a set of criteria before issuing work permits, which contain the foreign worker’s work experience, educational qualifications, awards or patents received, membership in organizations needing exemplary performance, and other achievements and contributions in their field of work.

Eligibility for Significant Benefit Work Permit?

In assessing an SBWP application, immigration officers need to consider:

Those who are eligible for a work visa with considerable benefits include:

In addition, there are unique circumstances under which certain professionals may be exempt from needing an LMIA and may further be eligible for an SBWP.


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