Labour Market Impact Assessment: Screen Production Exemptions Announced

February 3, 2016
Posted by: Leslie Wootton

Introduction of new categories of Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt work permits under section 205 of theImmigration and Refugee Protection Regulations


New categories of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)-exempt work permits under section 205 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations have been introduced. In addition, the instructions on the business visitor category under section R186 have been clarified.

  • The LMIA exemption code C14 applies to foreign nationals whose work is essential to a television or film production and would create and maintain significant economic benefits and opportunities for Canadians and permanent residents.
  • The LMIA exemption code C23 applies to foreign nationals working in dance (e.g., ballet, contemporary), opera, orchestra and live theatre whose work contributes to competitive advantages and reciprocal benefits for all Canadians, including Canadian performing artists and performing arts organizations.
  • Foreign nationals who are employed as film producers, essential personnel for commercial (i.e., advertising) shoots, and film and recording studio users may be considered under the business visitor category.


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