If you are a graphic designer working on a live movie or TV show, coming to Canada just got easier.
Canada recognizes the value that film and television production brings to the national economy. IRCC makes it easy for graphic designers who work on movies or television come to Canada. As of September 10, 2021, these people no longer need a Labor market impact assessment (LMIA) in order to obtain a Canadian work permit. This policy will last until March 9, 2022.
If you are a graphic designer wishing to come to Canada, or an employer wishing to hire under this policy, you must apply on or after September 10, 2021. However, you can still benefit from it if you have already come with a work permit but apply to renew it as of September 10th.
This work permit may be suitable for you if you intend to work on at least one live-action television or film production shot in whole or in part in Canada. This can be at the pre-production, production, or post-production stage.
You will also need to provide a letter from the employer or an authorized representative of the employer. This letter must indicate:
- details of named live television or film productions;
- that your presence and your work are essential to television or film production;
- the salary that you will be paid and that it is both the same as stated in the copy of the job posting, and that it is equal to or greater than the median salary for the profession of graphic designer in the specific community , as specified in The Canada Job Bank site;
- that the television or film production meets the criteria for a federal, provincial or territorial tax credit for television or film production. Otherwise, they may also be recipients of federal, provincial or territorial funding for television or film production.
In general, if you are not a canadian citizen or permanent resident, you need a permit to work in Canada. If you have a work permit, your employer probably needs an LMIA. LMIA is a process in which your employer demonstrates that hiring a foreign worker will not negatively impact the employment opportunities of Canadians. It means, to be exempt from an LMIA is a major asset for an employer or an employee.
One of the main routes for LMIA-exempt work permits is the Significant advantage path. If the foreign national or employer can demonstrate that hiring from abroad will provide social, economic or cultural benefits to Canadians, a foreign national can accept the position without the need for an LMIA.
Canada is a popular place to make movies. Beautiful landscapes, a favorable exchange rate and modern infrastructure all play a role. In turn, cinema gives a tremendous boost to the Canadian economy. In 2019, the contribution of the film production industry to Canada’s GDP was estimated at well over $ 12 billion.
The new policy removing the LMIA requirement for graphic designers in this field is designed to accelerate the recovery of the industry, following the shocks of COVID-19[female[feminine. As of March 2022, the government can extend this policy, make it permanent or cancel it. In the meantime, however, it eases the way for workers and employers to “put the show on the road”.
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