What is the change? Foreign nationals working in dance (such as ballet or contemporary), opera, orchestra or live theater with a Canadian nonprofit performing arts company or organization may be exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessment requirements.

What does the change mean? Eligible creative personnel will have an easier time securing authorization to work for nonprofit performing arts organizations in Canada.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals working in eligible arts disciplines for Canadian nonprofits.
  • Next steps: Those who qualify for the exemption will be able to obtain work permits with evidence of reciprocal employment opportunities from the employer (nonprofit performing arts company or organization).

Background: The Canadian government noted that the presence of foreign nationals working in the arts creates economic benefits and opportunities for all Canadians, including Canadian performing artists and performing arts organizations.

BAL Analysis: The changes should make it easier for Canada’s nonprofit performing arts companies and organizations to recruit and employ foreign workers in certain artistic disciplines.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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