Free Trade Agreements-Canada

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Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, there are provisions that make it easier for business people who are citizens of Canada, the United States and Mexico to gain temporary entry to each others' countries more quickly and easily. However, since those provisions do not concern British citizens, they will not be explained in detail here. The CIC website has a page devoted to business people entering Canada under NAFTA.


Canada and the European Union have now finally signed a comprehensive trade agreement in November 2016. The treaty is due to come into effect during 2017.

Canada-European Union: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Negotiations

Other Free Trade Agreements

Quote from CIC's NAFTA page:

The rules and requirements are similar to those under NAFTA and cover categories of business people such as: business visitors, professionals, intra-company transferees, and traders and investors.

See this link for a list of other countries with whom Canada has a FTA or where negotiations are ongoing:

Negotiations and Agreements


Under the General Agreement on Trade in Services, Canada has committed to making it easier for foreign service providers in certain sectors to access the Canadian market. The commitments apply to service providers from more than 140 World Trade Organization member countries.

The GATS provisions cover three categories of business people:

  • business visitors
  • professionals
  • intra-company transferees

Qualified business people can enter Canada more easily because they do not need an LMO from HRSDC. Qualified business visitors do not need a work permit.

For more information, refer to Foreign Worker Manual. This publication addresses, amongst others:

  • Business visitors
  • Foreign representatives
  • Family members of foreign representatives
  • Military personnel
  • Foreign government officers
  • On-campus employment
  • Performing artists
  • Athletes and coaches
  • News reporters, media crews
  • Public speakers
  • Convention organisers
  • Clergy
  • Judges, referees and similar officials
  • Examiners and evaluators
  • Expert witnesses or investigators
  • Health care students
  • Civil aviation inspector
  • Aviation accident or incident inspector
  • Crew
  • Emergency service providers
  • Implied status