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TV AND FILM PRODUCTION WORKERS

Requirements for Canada’s TV and Film Production Work Permit Category

Canada recognizes the importance of allowing TV and film personnel to enter the country in a timely manner. The Canadian government has stated that doing so is vital to attracting investments and creating jobs in Canada.

Work permits acquired through the TV and Film Production Work Permit Category are exempt from the requirement to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Although exempt from a LMIA, foreign nationals must comply with all provisions governing temporary work in Canada, including obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa, if applicable.

Foreign and Canadian production companies filming in Canada can utilize this work permit category if they can demonstrate the work to be performed by the foreign national is essential to the production. Applicants applying for this type of work permit must provide documentation to support they meet the requirements for this category.  This includes, but is not limited to:

A letter of support from the production, which should generally contain specifications such as:

If the position is unionized, a letter from the relevant union or guild, which should generally contain specifications such as: