Canada and the European Union sign worker agreement

High-level business people based in the European Union will get easier access to Canadian work permits after a major trade deal between Canada and the European Union came into effect last week.

The deal means key business people will be able to move more freely on a temporary basis between Canada and the European Union.

Both sides agreed that the movement of high-level individuals was central to the success of the new Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), facilitating the exchange of services, investment, market access for goods, and government procurement between Canada and the EU.

A central element of the agreement is that the personnel can only move between the two areas on a temporary basis.

The Canadian immigration program which covers these individuals is called the International Mobility Program (IMP), which is a spin-off from the existing Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).  A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) will not be needed for applicants through this program, which should speed the application process up considerably.

The CETA will give Canada access to the world’s largest market outside the US, with 98 per cent of Canadian goods now entering the EU free of tariffs.

Article published 27th September 2017