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Foreign Workers

Emergency Workers for Equipment Repair

The International Mobility Program provides the means for emergency repair personnel to be able to travel to Canada to service equipment and to avoid having to apply and wait for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This category is LMIA-Exempt.

If the company supplying labour informs you that their worker(s) require a LMIA-Exempt work permit, the customs and traffic office can assist. It is extremely important that the information provided on the form is accurate as it is transmitted electronically as part of the electronic application for a LMIA-Exempt work permit.

Please complete the form provided and send it to tfw@mcmaster.ca In your e-mail, you must include a McMaster chartfield account to cover the cost of the Employer Compliance Fee, currently $230 CAD.

Once the process is complete, you will receive an e-mail with an Offer of Employment Number and Proof of Payment, which the travelling worker will need.

The supplier will also be required to provide a letter including following information:
  • the need to conduct repairs on industrial or commercial equipment that is no longer under warranty or under warranty;
  • confirms that there is no OEM presence in Canada who could perform the work; and
  • provides a detailed description of the work to be performed in Canada;
The travelling worker should carry:
  • their passport/entry document,
  • the above-noted letter along,
  • the Offer of Employment Number, Proof of Payment of the Employer Compliance Fee,
  • any degrees, licenses, certificates which are relevant to his/her profession and a requirement for the profession.

These documents will be required at the port of entry in order to obtain an LMIA-Exempt work permit.

FOLLOWING THE STEPS OUTLINED ABOVE ARE ESSENTIAL IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR THE LMIA-EXEMPT WORK PERMIT.  THERE IS, HOWEVER, NO GUARANTEE POSSIBLE AS ENTRY INTO CANADA IS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CANADA BORDER SERVICES OFFICER.