Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

December 15, 2008 09:30 ET

Minister Kenney Announces 3-Year Renewable Work Permits for NAFTA Professionals

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2008) - Professionals seeking to work temporarily in Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) can now receive work permits for up to three years, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, announced today. Previously, NAFTA workers were required to renew their work permit every 12 months.

"NAFTA work permits are an excellent option for North American professionals seeking to work in Canada including lawyers, doctors, dentists and teachers. In addition, this will also help Canadian employers remain competitive by ensuring they have access to necessary skilled labour," said Minister Kenney.

"This extension, along with our Action Plan for Faster Immigration, will greatly benefit the Canadian economy by helping ensure greater continuity and stability for both employers and workers," continued Minister Kenney. "In a time of economic uncertainty, highly skilled migrants encourage innovation and economic growth, making us more competitive economically."

By easing the administrative requirements, employers can now be more confident that they will have access to the skilled labour they need for a longer period. The change matches the United States' new rules on issuance of Trade NAFTA (TN) work visas to Canadian and Mexican professionals under NAFTA.

All three NAFTA countries (Canada, the United States and Mexico) recognize that greater work force mobility in North America, within certain professions, has net economic benefits.

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    613-954-1064
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Media Relations
    613-952-1650