International Mobility Program (IMP)

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What is the International Mobility Program?

This International Mobility Program (IMP) is an umbrella program for which allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers without requiring a Labour Market Assessment (LMIA). The purpose of these programs is to advance Canada’s economic and cultural interests in order to keep Canada competitive in the global market. Contrasting to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program which issues Employer- Specific Work Permits, successful eligible applicants under IMP’s program streams will be instead issued Open Work Permits that can be either restricted or unrestricted. The program is operated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Who are eligible?

  • Workers who enter Canada under free trade agreements like the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) or the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or Canada-Chile FTA / Canada-Peru FTA / Canada-Colombia FTA / Canada-Korea FTA or General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) or Canada–Panama Free Trade Agreement or Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) or North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • Workers who enter Canada with open work permits (Bridging Open Work Permit).
  • Workers who enter Canada as intra-company transferees.
  • Those who have Post Graduation Work Permit who studied at and graduated from a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI)
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) International Mobility Programs (IMP)
  • LMIA is necessary.
  • Work permits are closed (employer-specific).
  • Market-based employment (to fill shortages on a temporary basic).
  • Based on the region's and occupation's specific labour needs.
  • LMIA under Stream for High-wage or Low-wage Positions based on the wage of the position offered.
  • Employers are typically required to look for Canadian workers before hiring a foreign worker.
  • Employers who are hiring for high-paying roles typically have to offer a transition plan.
  • Employer pays the $1000 application fee for LMIA.
  • Only particular occupations and the top 10% of earnings are eligible for the two-week processing requirement; otherwise, the process may take several months.
  • Operated by Employment and Social Development (ESDC).
  • LMIA is not necessary.
  • Work permits may be open or closed.
  • To boost Canada's broader economic and cultural interests.
  • Based partially on international reciprocal agreements (eg: IEC, NAFTA, CETA).
  • Some streams consider the employment skill level.
  • Employers are permitted to make hires without first considering hiring Canadians.
  • Employers are not required to offer a transition plan.
  • Employer pays compliance fee unless workers hold an open work permit (in which case, no fee is required).
  • Many International Mobility Program streams have a two-week work permit processing standard.
  • Operated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

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