Update – LMIA Exemption Charitable or Religious Camps

Posted on February 25, 2015 by Government Relations Committee

Dear CCA Members,

We have some important updates regarding the LMIA exempt work permits utilized by religious or charitable camps.  The new process to apply for an LMIA exempt work permit is outlined at the following  web-page:

It has also been announced that the new $230 employer compliance fee will NOT be charged for staff working at religious or charitable camps who are earning less than minimum wage.

Although this is a very big win for our industry, our government lobbying team still has a long way to go to make sure all camps have a suitable solution for acquiring their international staff.  We will be sure to provide updates on their efforts, but please feel free to contact Jonathan Nyquist ( or Mark Diamond ( if you have any specific questions.