Some foreigners, such as business visitors and other specific workers may be allowed to enter Canada without a temporary work permit. In addition to jobs that do not require a work permit are clergy, researchers, crew members in the transportation industry, expert witnesses, performing artists, news reporters, film crews, and athletes and their coaches. Check out the full list of the jobs that don’t need a work permit here.
If you come to Canada as a full-time international student on a valid student permit, you don’t need a work permit to start working on-campus.
In the same way, business visitors who are not intending to enter the Canadian labor market are not required to have a work permit. There are certain conditions under which business visitors don’t need a work permit:
It is important to remember that to be eligible to work in Canada without a work permit is rather a big exception from the rule and in most cases, foreign nationals have to apply for a work permit. To find out whether you qualify for a work permit exemption, create your application here.