Operating Cuesta del Sol Condominiums I receive many enquiries from prospective buyers and renters and was recently asked by a client, who would like to relocate to Panama from Canada and can't retire quite yet, so would still need to work, "do you know if Canadians can work in Panama and how difficult it would be to find work".
This is question asked by many people before they move and my answer is the following:
Like you, many of us have similar desires; to retire in a nice tropical place. I spent all my life in Canada and some of it in severe climates like Manitoba and Alberta, so I know how you are thinking. Making a move to Panama and finding a way to survive, if you are not on pension can be a real challenge. To just ‘work’ here like you may now be doing in Canada is not all that easy.
There are laws to regulate immigration and restrict the types of ‘work’ available to such immigrants. In Panama businesses fall into different classes that define those available to nationals and to foreigners. Classifications for most of the common businesses; retail, services, restaurants, etc. are restricted for nationals. The classifications open to foreigners are in the areas of tourism related, import/export, manufacturing, consulting, etc. Recently Panama has opened up other professional categories, but in these cases, and in almost any other occupation you will require good knowledge of Spanish.