I want to know about remote working law. None of the above. None of the above. I am a foreigner visiting Canada

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Customer: I am a foreigner visiting Canada
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Hello – My name is ***** ***** I’m happy to assist you today. I am a Canadian lawyer who is able to answer immigration law questions.

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I have. CompNy registered in South Africa and I’m self employed so I pay myself to a South African bank account. I’m in Canada visiting and want to know if I can work remotely for a) my international clients and b) any Canadian clients
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Apologies for the typos
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Do you have a work permit in Canada or just a visitor visa ? Can you describe what services you provide your clients in Canada ?

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Visitor visa. Freelance consulting eg research into global trends in risk management
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'Work" as defined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada means an activity for which wages are paid or commission is earned, or that is in direct competition with the activities of Canadian citizens or permanent residents in the Canadian labour market. 

Therefore, if you are engaged in an activity which you are being paid wages for services provided to Canadians, you are working and as a visitor, you should not refrain from working for Canadian clients. For your global clients, remote services could arguably be viewed as not being'work' in that you are being paid wages abroad for clients who are not Canadian.

Hope this provides clarification

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Do you mean - ‘you should refrain’. You typed should not refrain
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JJL11, Expert

I meant you should refrain - Sorry for the confusion.

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thank you, ***** ***** clarifying the above point, this is clear
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Thanks so much
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You are very welcome.

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