Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there are changes to this program.
Apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to determine if you can hire a foreign worker to fill labour or skills shortages on a temporary basis.
As of April 1, 2021, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will remove special processing instructions for the “owner/operator” category.
These changes are part of regular policy reviews to ensure that the TFWP
- continues to work within its intended purpose, and
- is only used by employers to fill a position when qualified Canadians or Permanent Residents are not available.
These applications will be assessed using the normal process.
Hire a skilled foreign worker to support their permanent residence through an economic immigration program.
Hire uniquely-skilled talent or in-demand workers in select ICT or STEM jobs to scale up and grow your business.
Hire an academic at a college, university or degree granting institution in Canada.
Hire on-farm foreign workers for jobs in primary agriculture.
Hire an in-home worker to care for children, seniors or persons with medical needs.
How to apply for foreign workers in the province of Quebec.
Hire a temporary foreign worker for a wide range of positions under the high or low wage streams.
Reasons why we may not process your application.
Employers who did not meet their responsibilities under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or International Mobility Program.
Information and resources for foreign workers on rights and protections as workers in Canada.
Documents you need to show that your job offer is genuine and your business meets program requirements.
Let us know if you think you may not be in compliance with the conditions of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
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