New Work Permits for EU Citizens

Canada has just implemented new immigration provisions under the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

There are several provisions under this category that will make it easier for citizens of members states of the EU to obtain work permits in Canada without Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs).  Here are some of the highlights:

1. Investors who establish businesses in Canada can obtain work permits to work in Canada.

2. Certain professionals can now obtain work permits to work as independent professionals or as employees of companies from the EU.

3. A new intra-company transferee category (graduate trainees) allows employees with a university degree to transfer to a related company in Canada for training purposes for one year.