As of February 17, 2016, foreign nationals in the television (TV) and film industry whose position or Television and Film Production Workersoccupation is essential to a TV or film production may be eligible for an exemption from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirement under paragraph 205(a) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). Generally, these positions are high wage and unionized.

Facilitating entry for these workers under the International Mobility Program serves to support existing public investment in these productions and protect Canada’s economic interests in continuing to attract high-value TV and film productions to Canada. Work that is essential to TV and film production is considered to create and maintain significant economic benefits and opportunities for Canadians and permanent residents. This exemption applies to TV and film production in Canada, regardless of whether the production is foreign or Canadian and whether it is filmed entirely or in part in Canada.

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