Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Work permits that fall under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in order to hire a temporary foreign worker.

A foreign worker requires a job offer from a Canadian employer to be granted a Temporary work permit. The job offer should be accompanied by an LMIA approved by the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). This consists of the following steps:

  • Employer applies for LMIA

Any Canadian employer who wishes to hire a foreign worker through the Temporary Foreign Worker program is required to apply, pay the related fee and receive a positive LMIA from ESDC. The LMIA confirms that there is a need to hire a foreign worker for the job as no Canadian or Permanent Resident is accessible to do the job.

  • Employer extends temporary offer

Once the LMIA is approved, the employer must prepare a formal job offer on the company letterhead that must include the required information from the employer. This job offer along with the positive LMIA should be provided to the foreign worker for him/her to apply the work permit. The job offer should meet the prevailing wage rates and labour standards.

  • Foreign worker applies for work permit

After the foreign worker receives both, the positive LMIA as well the formal temporary job offer, the foreign worker should submit their application for a temporary work permit. Additional document is required for the province of Quebec.

Basis the foreign worker’s country of citizenship, a Temporary Resident Visa may also need to be attained to be able to enter Canada.


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