Canada Work Permits for CPTPP Professionals and Technicians

Last updated: 16 October 2020

Like the North American Free Trade Agreement and Canada’s Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with the European Union, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) allows specified skilled professionals and technicians with a job offer or contract in Canada to work for a period of up to one year without a Labour Market Impact Assessment.

Both professionals and technicians must be in specialty occupations that fall within Skill Type 0, Skill Level A or Skill Level B under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Professionals are defined as business persons in a specialty occupation that requires:

  • Theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge; and
  • A post-secondary degree of four (4) or more years of study, unless otherwise stated, and any additional requirement defined in the NOC; and
  • Two (2) years of paid work experience in the sector they’ll be working in while in Canada; and
  • Remuneration at a level commensurate with other similarly-qualified professionals in the region where the work is to be performed. Such remuneration shall be deemed to not include non-monetary elements such as housing costs and travel expenses.
  • The ability to communicate in either English or French on a satisfactory level by the processing officer.

Technicians are defined as business persons engaged in a specialty occupation that requires:

  • A post-secondary or technical degree requiring two (2) or more years of study as a minimum for entry into the occupation, unless otherwise stated, as well as any other minimum requirements for entry defined in the NOC; and
  • Four (4) years of paid work experience in the sector of activity of the contract; and
  • Remuneration at a level commensurate with other similarly-qualified technicians within the industry in the region where the work is performed. Such remuneration shall be deemed to not include non-monetary elements such as housing costs and travel expenses.
  • The ability to communicate in either English or French on a level that is deemed satisfactory by the processing officer.

Both Professionals and Technicians also must have either of the following:

  • Where the occupation is regulated by the destination province or territory, evidence of licensing or certification in their occupation from the applicable Canadian or foreign regulatory body is required.
  • Where the occupation is not regulated by the destination province or territory, or where licensing or certification is not required to fulfil the offer of employment, evidence of study in a field of study related to the specialty occupation (theoretical) and evidence of paid work experience in the specialty occupation (practical) is required.
  • The ability to communicate in either English or French on a level that is deemed satisfactory by the immigration officer.

Canada allows temporary entry to specific occupations from specific CPTPP signatories, as follows:


Canadian educational requirements for Australian professionals shall be deemed to be met if they have met Australian educational requirements and the Canadian client or employer has provided a letter indicating that their qualifications are satisfactory.

Professionals

All occupations listed in NOC Skill Type 0 and Skill Level A, except for the following:

  • All health, education, and social services occupations and related occupations
  • All professional occupations related to cultural Industries
  • Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
  • Managers in telecommunications carriers
  • Managers in postal and courier services
  • Judges and notaries


Technicians

The following occupations listed in the NOC level B, unless otherwise indicated:

  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians Industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • Construction inspectors and estimators
  • Engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers

Supervisors in the following:

  • Machinists and related occupations
  • Printing and related occupations
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Oil and gas drilling and service
  • Mineral and metal processing
  • Petroleum, gas, and chemical processing and utilities
  • Food, beverage, and tobacco processing
  • Plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • Forest products processing
  • Textile processing

Contractors and supervisors in the following:

  • Electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • Pipefitting trades
  • Metal forming
  • Shaping and erecting trades
  • Carpentry trades
  • Mechanic trades
  • Heavy construction equipment crews
  • Other construction trades
  • Installers, repairers, and servicers
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • Aircraft instrument, electrical, and avionics mechanics, technicians, and inspectors
  • Oil and gas well drillers, services, and testers
  • Graphic designers and illustrators
  • Interior designers
  • Computer and information systems technicians*
  • International purchasing and selling agents
  • Architectural technologists and technicians
  • Industrial designers
  • Drafting technologists and technicians
  • Land survey technologists and technicians
  • Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology

* includes elements of NOC level A

Professionals

  • All occupations listed in NOC Skill Type 0 and Skill Level A, except for the following:
  • All health, education, and social services occupations and related occupations
  • All professional occupations related to cultural Industries
  • Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
  • Managers in telecommunications carriers
  • Managers in postal and courier services
  • Judges, lawyers and notaries except for foreign legal consultants
  • Researchers, except for those working in an academic entity

Technicians

NOTE: A Japanese associate’s degree, or the equivalent of such a degree, or higher is required. Canada could refuse temporary entry to a technician with a contract that does not require the significant application of theoretical knowledge in physical sciences, engineering or other natural sciences, or human sciences, such as economics.

  • The following occupations listed in NOC Skill Level B, unless otherwise indicated:
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • Industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • Construction inspectors and estimators
  • Engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers

Supervisors in the following:

  • Machinists and related occupations
  • Printing and related occupations
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Oil and gas drilling and service
  • Mineral and metal processing
  • Petroleum, gas, and chemical processing and utilities
  • Food, beverage, and tobacco processing
  • Plastic and rubber products manufacturing
  • Forest products processing
  • Textile processing
  • Electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • Pipefitting trades
  • Metal forming
  • Shaping and erecting trades
  • Carpentry trades
  • Mechanic trades
  • Heavy construction equipment crews
  • Other construction trades
  • Installers, repairers, and servicers
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • Aircraft instrument, electrical, and avionics mechanics, technicians, and inspectors
  • Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, and testers (excluding operators)
  • Graphic designers and illustrators
  • Interior designers
  • Computer and information systems technicians*
  • International purchasing and selling agents
  • Architectural technologists and technicians
  • Industrial designers
  • Drafting technologists and technicians
  • Land survey technologists and technicians
  • Technical occupations in geomatics and meteorology

    * includes elements of NOC level A

Professionals

  • All health, education, and social services occupations and related occupations
  • All professional occupations related to cultural industries
  • Recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors
  • Managers in telecommunications carriers
  • Managers in postal and courier services
  • Judges, lawyers and notaries except for foreign legal consultants

Technicians

  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • Industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • Construction inspectors and estimators
  • Engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers

Contractors and supervisors in the following:

  • Electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
  • Heavy construction equipment crews
  • Other construction trades
  • Installers, repairers, and servicers
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • Electricians
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • Graphic designers and illustrators
  • Interior designers
  • Computer and information systems technicians*

    * includes elements of NOC level A

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