C10 Work Permit

Understanding the C10 Work Permit

The C10 Work Permit, under the International Mobility Program, allows the hiring of temporary workers without an LMIA when the work offers significant economic, cultural, or other advantages for Canada. It’s designed to address situations where the work’s benefits are so clear and compelling that they outweigh the need for an LMIA, ensuring a neutral or positive impact on Canada’s labor market.

Who is Eligible for the C10 Work Permit?

The C10 Work Permit is tailored for:

  • Innovative Entrepreneurs: Individuals planning to start or grow businesses that create jobs or bring new technologies to Canada.
  • Cultural Contributors: Artists, musicians, or cultural workers whose work enhances Canada’s cultural landscape.
  • Experts in Specialized Fields: Professionals whose expertise contributes to significant advancements in their industry.


Applicants must provide detailed evidence demonstrating their work’s significant benefit to Canada. This includes an LMIA-exempt offer of employment, proof of employer compliance fee payment, and specific documentation supporting the benefit claim, whether economic, social, or cultural.

Understanding the benefits for the C10 Work Permit involves considering how the applicant’s work contributes to Canada’s economic, social, and cultural spheres:

  1. Economic Benefits: The applicant’s work should support the growth, expansion, or continuation of a Canadian company, providing fiscal advantages and competitive edge. This includes preventing employment disruptions, engaging in business transactions benefiting the economy, promoting industry growth through innovation, and creating job or training opportunities.

  2. Social Benefits: The work should offer significant external benefits to third parties, addressing health and safety concerns, enhancing community image, promoting environmental improvements, and fostering social inclusion.

  3. Cultural Benefits: Defined broadly, cultural contributions might include artistic activities, heritage preservation, and societal enrichment. Evidence of cultural impact includes receiving awards, memberships in prestigious organizations, peer recognition, scholarly contributions, and leading roles in respected institutions.

Applicants must provide documented evidence to substantiate these benefits, demonstrating how their presence and work in Canada align with these criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Comprehensive Ranking System is a points-based system used to assess and score a candidate's profile to rank them in the Express Entry pool. Points are awarded for factors including age, education, language proficiency in English or French, work experience (both in Canada and internationally), and other factors. The higher the score, the better the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency.