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Move Your Talent to Canada Effortlessly

Overview The Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) program allows international companies to temporarily transfer qualified employees to their Canadian branches without needing a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This initiative supports Canada’s efforts to attract skilled workers and foster business growth.

Eligibility Criteria

1. Eligible Companies:

  • Must have a qualifying relationship with a Canadian enterprise (e.g., parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate).

  • Must be actively engaged in business in both the home country and Canada (not just on paper).

2. Eligible Employees:

  • Must have worked continuously for the foreign enterprise outside Canada in a similar full-time position for at least one year in the last three years.

  • Must seek to perform similar duties in Canada.

  • Must hold a managerial, executive, or specialized knowledge role.

Types of Positions

1. Executives:

  • Direct the management of the enterprise or a major component.

  • Have wide discretionary decision-making powers.

2. Senior Managers:

  • Manage the enterprise or a department within the enterprise.

  • Supervise and control the work of other managers or professional employees.

  • Have the authority to hire and fire or recommend such actions.

3. Specialized Knowledge Workers:

  • Possess advanced expertise and proprietary knowledge essential to the enterprise’s operations.

Documentation Requirements

General Documents:

  • Detailed offer of employment.

  • Proof of qualifying relationship between foreign and Canadian entities (e.g., organizational charts, annual reports).

For Executives and Senior Managers:

  • Job descriptions and organizational charts detailing the position.

  • Documents showing the executive or managerial nature of the job.

For Specialized Knowledge Workers:

  • Detailed job descriptions highlighting the specialized nature of the job.

  • Proof of the employee’s qualifications and experience (e.g., resumes, degrees, certifications)

Processing Time:

  • Generally faster than standard work permits since an LMIA is not required.

Duration and Extensions

Initial Duration:

  • Executives and Senior Managers: Up to 3 years.

  • Specialized Knowledge Workers: Up to 1 year.


  • Possible if the employee continues to meet requirements and the ongoing need for their position in Canada is demonstrated.

Compliance and Reporting

  • Employers must comply with all Canadian employment laws, providing wages and working conditions that meet provincial or territorial standards.

  • Employers may be subject to inspections and must maintain records demonstrating compliance.

Supporting Business Growth, The ICT program facilitates the temporary movement of key personnel to Canada, enhancing the growth and operational efficiency of international businesses with Canadian branches.

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