Coaches, Athletes and Entertainers Coming to Canada

Our team of immigration professionals based in Ottawa, Canada has developed a particular expertise in securing appropriate legal status in Canada for coaches, athletes and entertainers. Several Canadian national sporting bodies trust us with their immigration matters. We have helped well-known musicians and performers quickly overcome barriers to a smooth entry to Canada.

In most cases, foreign athletes, coaches and entertainers can easily secure entry to Canada for limited duration purposes. Most will not require a work permit to participate in competitions, shows, concerts, or other events. However, complications can arise in particular cases—for instance, if a person is inadmissible to Canada due to a past criminal conviction. These are the situations where our professional advice will make the difference.

Foreign nationals coming from abroad to work in Canada for a protracted period to coach athletes in Canada require a work permit. While exempt from the requirement of a Labour Market Opinion, which is normally needed to secure a work permit, the coach must, among other things, prove their professional credentials and produce a valid job offer from a Canadian sporting organization. Our team can help ensure that no details are missed.

The Immigration Law Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP a proven track record of helping coaches, athletes and entertainers come to Canada on the proper legal status. Please contact us for more information on our services or to set up a consultation.



Professional Sporting Coach Work Permit (Canada) – July 2015

Thank you!!  Our Head Coach from the United States, Wayne, now has his 2-year work permit for Canada!  We can’t tell you enough how happy and relieved we are.   We finally feel like we can breathe again.  It took us years to recruit this position, but your team made the immigration element quick and seamless.  You are very professional.  We now have hope for the future of our business.  We just can’t thank all of you enough! We highly endorse your Immigration Law Group to anyone and everyone.

–  Link & Tammi

Owners, Explosion Gymnastics, Alberta

Professional Sporting Coach Work Permit (Canada) – February 2015

We had a time sensitive need to fill a technical coaching position with a top water polo coach from Europe.  Warren and his team completed the job in 2 months.  He quarter-backed the strategy from the start and the documents.  When our coach appeared at the border, the officer indicated that he would deny the application because he thought that we needed a special document from the Quebec government.  Warren and his team were on-call throughout, and intervened on an emergency basis to educate the officer why the work permit should be approved as no Quebec document was needed. After verification of this information, the officer finally agreed.  Warren and his team know the rules, and in our case assisted in informing the officer on the Canadian government programs and rules.  Our case may not have been approved without this superb support from Warren and his team. They made the difference. We are happy to have Warren and his team in our corner working for us!

– Martin Goulet
Executive Director
Water Polo Canada

Professional Sporting Coach Work Permit (Canada) – January 2015

“Bringing a foreign worker to Canada as a professional sporting coach on a work permit can have its challenges, particularly on short notice.  Warren and his team did a wonderful job:  from my initial contact with him to the issuance of the work permit was very fast and entirely seamless.  He coached us, and he coached our new worker.  Warren was highly recommended to us by other national sporting organizations as very knowledgeable in the temporary foreign worker program, and with the nuances for professional sporting coaches and athletes in particular.  He can now add Synchro Canada as one of his satisfied customers.”

– Jackie Buckingham
Synchro Canada

Professional Athlete Work Permits  – April 2014

Warren and Rovshan, I just wanted to thank you both for all of your wonderful assistance.  I now have all of my foreign professional soccer players in town.  It all worked very nicely. With many thanks for all your help.  Your team is great!!

– Melanie Ireton

Director of Operations

Ottawa Fury Football Club

Professional Coach Work Permits – April 2013

Warren: Thank you very much for the fantastic work you and your staff are doing to help us with our foreign coaches coming to Canada. To be the best in the world, we need the best coaches in the world here in Canada and with your help we are able to add these coaches to our already world class Canadian coaching fraternity. Your commitment to excellence is truly exceptional.

– Pierre Lafontaine

Former CEO and national Coach – Swimming Natation Canada, CEO of the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport)

Professional Coach Work Permits – December 2012

Over the years you and your staff have been a great addition to our Tennis Canada team, helping us to bring all of our foreign professional coaching staff to Canada, and helping to ensure that they can continue to work! There is still much work for us to do, but with your caring and attentive guidance, it is rewarding and motivating for all (players, parents, coaches, administrative staff, board members, government agencies, and external partners) to see that we are on the right path!

– Michael Downey

President & CEO Tennis Canada



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