Overview

Significant Benefit Work Permit is an excellent work permit option for entrepreneurs, artists investors alike as you will need to demonstrate how your “project” or “intended contribution to Canada” will be either socially, culturally or economically beneficial to Canada.

Your application will be assessed based on the merits of your project or intended goal and whether or not an officer is satisfied that your contribution to Canada is a worthy enough one to allow you the authorization to work in Canada.

LABOUR MARKET IMPACT ASSESSMENT OR LMO EXEMPT

A significant benefit work permit is considered to be Labour Market Impact Assessment exempt provided you can satisfy an officer that you meet the criteria. Unlike most other work permits, those who apply for a significant benefit work permit will not first need to obtain approval from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)/Service Canada.

SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT WORK PERMIT RENEWAL

A significant benefit work permit can be renewed indefinitely depending on the nature of your intended work in Canada. However, the significant benefit work permit does not lead to permanent resident status.

For those who seek permanent resident status in Canada through this venue, contact us as we can discuss the options that might be available to you.

SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT WORK PERMIT REQUIREMENTS

Unlike most other work permits, this type of work permit is considered Labour Market Opinion exempt provided that it can satisfy an officer that it meets the criteria. In order to be eligible for a significant benefit work permit, as the applicant, you must consider the following criteria and demonstrate that you would:

  • Create or maintain significant social, cultural, or economic benefits or opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Create or maintain reciprocal employment of Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada in other countries;
  • Be engaged in work that is designated to be performed by a foreign national on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Work related to a research, educational or training program, or limited access to the Canadian labour market is necessary for reasons of public policy relating to the competitiveness of Canada’s academic institutions or economy;
  • Is of a religious or charitable nature.