Plan on working at a Canadian festival this summer? A work permit might be required
The first factor that determines whether or not a Canadian work permit is required is the role that the foreign national produces in the preparation and organization of the event. If the works requires to be physically involved or “hands on work”, then a work permit will most likely be required. Activities such as supervising the event as event planners, managers or organizers, generally do not require a work permit.
Second, another factor which is important is to determine whether the event can be categorized as a Canadian or foreign event. If the event is being organized and put together by a Canadian entity or a Canadian individual, then a work permit will most likely be required. To the contrary, if a foreign organization is hosting the event, then a work permit will most likely not be required, provided that the previous condition is met as it concerns the nature of the work being conducted. Some examples of individuals who are exempt from a work permit in this context include; employees of foreign organizations that are either executive organizing committee members or administrative support staff. The same can be said about people who are working under contract for foreign organizations if they fall into one of the following occupation categories; Event planners, exhibit managers, professionals, conference organizers, destination marketing company personnel, event accommodations consultants.
At most events, there are usually merchants who are selling foreign made or Canadian goods. Guests of such events are usually the targets demographics of these merchants so these events give them the opportunity to sell their products to the public. Whether or not a work permit is required is dependant on the process through which the products are sold, if money is changing hands and the product is given to the consumer on the spot, and then a work permit is required. The origin of the product is also important in determining whether a work permit is required. If a product was made in Canada, it is a Canadian product. If it was made elsewhere, it is not a Canadian product.