Immigration Services - Easing entry requirements for film and television production crew

February 26, 2016

Background: Historically, film and television production crew required work permits for all foreign workers. The process was cumbersome, as they often required Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) which could take weeks to process, and required government fees of $1,000 per worker. The process had become so strenuous, production companies were discouraged from filming in Canada. Canada's competitiveness in the industry declined, and created a significant gap in employment opportunities for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Change: As of February 17, 2016, LMIAs will no longer be required for crew deemed “essential to the production”. Instead of testing the labour market impact, employers will only be required to submit a letter of support outlining the nature of the job, and the anticipated economic benefit to Canada. For position generally supported by unions, the relevant union must also provide a letter and confirmation of no objection to the employment of the foreign worker.

Employers must submit a compliance fee of $230 per applicant, in addition to the standard work permit fee of $155 which remains unchanged.

Analysis: With easier entry requirements for foreign workers, Canada will once again become a sought after destination for film and television production, thereby creating additional employment opportunities for Canadians.

For additional information and details of the changes to the program, please contact BDO Immigration Services.


Mark Chow, Partner
Doreen Buksner, Senior Manager

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