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Hiring Under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement between Canada and 10 other countries in the Asia-Pacific.  This agreement includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.

CPTPP covers virtually all sectors and aspects of trade between Canada and member countries to reduce trade barriers and facilitate trade.

This agreement lists the required criteria for both professionals and technicians, as well as specific occupations for Mexico, Japan, and Australia.

Listed below are the permitted occupations for Mexico.


All NOC-0 and NOC-A occupations are permitted, except the following:

  • health, education and social services occupations and related occupations
  • judges, lawyers and notaries, except foreign legal consultants
  • managers in postal and courier services
  • managers of telecommunications carriers
  • occupations related to cultural industries
  • recreation, sports and fitness program and service directors


The following occupations that are listed as NOC B are permitted:

  • civil engineering technologists and technicians
  • computer and information systems technicians (occupations include elements of NOC A)
  • construction inspectors and estimators
  • electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • electricians
  • engineering inspectors, testers and regulatory officers
  • graphic designers and illustrators
  • industrial engineering technologists and technicians
  • industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
  • interior designers
  • mechanical engineering technologists and technicians
  • contractors and supervisors in the following areas:
    • electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
    • heavy construction equipment crews
    • installers, repairers and servicers
    • other construction trades

For more details, have a look at Canada-International Free Trade Agreements on the government website here.

Many other avenues are available to hire skilled internationally trained people, however, Free Trade Agreements like CUSMA, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are some of the most pain-free ways to hire, especially for Canada and Mexico.