TV, cinema, and film have always been one of the biggest entertainment industries in the world. The shooting and production for TV and Film are regularly done in every part of the world depending on the storylines. That being said, North America is one of the biggest hubs when it comes to filmmaking and tv production. Having Hollywood right in your footsteps means that every area in its vicinity will have a lot of value. This can traverse cities and countries too.
Countries like the USA and Canada serve as prime locations for many production houses to shoot and produce their masterpieces due to the high accessibility and availability of unique and different landscapes.
Canada has received a fair share of its tourism or business tourism through these film and tv workers visiting Canada for a brief and specified period. They are not immigrants but are there for a limited time only. As expected, IRCC only allows those workers who come from abroad and are an essential part of the production process they are involved in.
To cater to those workers, Canada has a TV and Film Production Work Permit Category. This category of work permit allows the production team to bring personnel to Canada for a brief time.
TV and Film Production Work Permit
The most important detail of this visa category is that it does not require a labor market impact assessment or an LMIA. Workers might require a temporary resident visa depending on their stay duration and they must follow the working provisions of Canada and Canada only.
A letter of support from the production is needed before an applicant can apply under this category. The letter must contain the following
- Name and Contact of production
- The working title of the production
- Areas where the production will be done (Provinces, cities)
- Proposed dates
- Name and contact information of the applicant
- A statement confirming that the individual and position are essential to that specific TV or film production
Not just that the applicant must provide documentary evidence of the profit this production will do for Canada. That document must have the following information.
- A senior representative of the company’s signature and the date for the same
- Estimated number of jobs for Canadians created by the production
- Estimated budgetary spend
- A statement confirming that the TV or film production either satisfies the criteria for the federal, provincial, or territorial tax credit for TV or film production or is the recipient of federal, provincial, or territorial funding for TV or film production
For unionized workers, a letter from the union is required with the following details.
- Description of the union
- Location of shooting and the working title of the film
- Signature and date of signature of a senior representative of the union
- Statement for the officer’s consideration indicating that the union or guild is of the view that the work to be performed is subject to a collective agreement and that it has no objection to the foreign national working in the specified position for the specified company.
Hence it can be pretty much concluded that getting to Canada is quite easy when on a film crew. You must also have a clean criminal record to bolster your chances of securing the TV and Film work permit. If you wish to learn more on the topic, feel free to submit a query at Beyond Immigration.