Hire a temporary foreign worker in a high-wage position - Overview
The Stream for High-wage Positions allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers (TFW) for full-time positions (minimum of 30 hours of work/week) where the wage being offered is at or above the provincial/territorial median hourly wage where the job is located.
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is using the provincial/territorial median hourly wage to set program requirements by stream. The specific requirements an employer must follow will be determined by the wage being offered for the position, in relation to the provincial/territorial median hourly wage, based on Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey.
Employers offering a wage to a TFW that is at or above the provincial/territorial median hourly wage will be subject to all of the requirements of the Stream for High-wage Positions.
It is important to note, that the TFWP uses the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes to determine the prevailing wage and to ensure that the appropriate job requirements and duties are used for the occupation. After employers have determined whether they are hiring a TFW for a low-wage position or a high-wage position, they must ensure that they meet all of the requirements for that stream including meeting the wage requirement.
Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), there are special circumstances when:
- employers are exempt from requiring a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)/Service Canada to hire a TFW; or
- TFWs are exempt from requiring a work permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
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