Working in Canada without a Work Permit

In most cases, people who are in Canada temporarily are not allowed to work without a work permit. However, there are some exceptions, as follows:

  • International students with valid study permits (part-time work during the academic year, and full-time work during scheduled study breaks)
  • Business visitors, conference organizers and public speakers
  • Foreign representatives and their family members
  • Athletes and their coaches/team members, and judges, referees and umpires
  • In-flight security officers and American cross-border law enforcement officers
  • Media crews, including reporters, journalists, technicians and camera crews
  • Military personnel and foreign government officers
  • Emergency service providers
  • Civil aviation inspectors
  • Clergy
  • The crews of commercial carriers, such as airlines and trains
  • Expert witnesses and investigators
  • Accident or aviation investigators
  • Examiners, evaluators and adjudicators
  • People with implied status (for example, international students who are awaiting renewed study permits)

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