Television and film production companies can bring workers to Canada through the TV and Film Production Work Permit Category if they can demonstrate that the work to be performed by the foreign worker is essential to production. If you submit your work permit application online as a TV or Film worker, you may be eligible for three-week processing.
Work permits given through the TV and Film Production Work Permit Category are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirement.
Work permits may not require an LMIA if the work being done will provide a cultural, social or economic benefit to Canada. Canada recognizes that TV and film shoots generate jobs, revenue and infrastructure development, therefore foreign film and TV crew may be eligible for facilitated work permits and expedited processing times.
Although there is no LMIA requirement, foreign workers must comply with all other provisions regarding temporary work in Canada, including obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa, if applicable. In addition, applicants applying for a work permit under this category must provide documentation to support that they meet the requirements for this category.
A letter of support from the production should include specifications such as:
If the position is unionized, a letter from the relevant union or guild, which should include specifications such as:
If you work in the entertainment industry, you may qualify as a business visitor. Depending on the nature and duration of your work in Canada, as a business visitor, you would not need a work permit.
Typically, there are three types of workers in the entertainment industry that would qualify as a business visitor:
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