International Mobility Program (IMP):

The International Mobility Program provides Canadian employers with the opportunity to hire foreign workers through a Canada work permit without the need for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Positions exempt from the LMIA requirement are those that offer broad economic, cultural, or competitive advantages for Canada and reciprocal benefits for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Employers hiring foreign workers

Eligible workers under the International Mobility Program include individuals entering Canada through trade treaties such as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), those entering on an open work permit, and intra-company transferees.
Employers hiring foreign workers through the IMP are typically required to pay a $230 employer compliance fee, except for open work permit holders and certain positions covered by non-trade agreements, research roles, or charitable/religious work.

Once the work permit application is approved

Once the work permit application is approved, foreign workers receive a letter of introduction if they are outside Canada or a new work permit if they are already in Canada or applying at the time of entry. The letter of introduction is exchanged for a work permit at the port of entry, provided all requirements are still met.
The International Mobility Program is primarily administered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), with the involvement of other federal government departments such as the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). It should be noted that the IMP is separate from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which is primarily administered by ESDC with support from IRCC and CBSA. The IRCC operates the International Mobility Program Unit specifically for companies seeking to hire foreign workers through this program.

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