If you are a citizen of the USA or Mexico, you can benefit from a NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) Work Permit.


NAFTA is a treaty between Canada, the USA and Mexico to promote trade and easier access for skilled workers, in selected occupations, to come to NAFTA member countries on a temporary work permit.


What’s great about the NAFTA program is that it does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). What that means is that you do not have to apply for, and be granted a positive LMIA before you are eligible to apply for a Canadian Work Permit.


For a list of all occupations eligible under NAFTA please click here. Intra‐company transferees from US or Mexican companies are also accepted under NAFTA. They too are LMIA exempt; however, the potential applicant must be in a managerial/executive role, or work in an occupation that requires specialized knowledge.


Despite the fact that there is no LMIA that needs to be filed, there is still a substantial application process that an applicant, and their future employer, will have to undertake. Keep in mind, the application for a Canadian Work Permit will still need to be approved. We want you to know that Canadim is here to help you and your employer, every step of the way.


Once you have secured your Canadian job offer or you are a Canadian employer wishing to recruit a foreign worker, please contact us (attorney@canadim.com) to have us work with both parties to get you here, working in Canada, as quickly as possible!



  • You must be a citizen of the USA or Mexico to be eligible
  • You must have a job offer from a Canadian employer for a position eligible under NAFTA (excluding intercompany transferees)
  • A NAFTA Work Permit does not require an LMIA