Hire a temporary foreign worker in a high-wage or low-wage position

COVID-19

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there are changes to this program.

Note:

For applications received on or after April 1, 2021, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will no longer apply policy variations for “owner/operator” applications. These applications will be assessed using the normal process.

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

The wage being offered for the position will determine if you need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment under the Stream for High-wage Positions or the Stream for Low-wage Positions, each with their own requirements.

If you are offering a wage to a temporary foreign worker that is:

Median hourly wages by province or territory
Province/Territory Median hourly wages prior to April 30, 2022 Median hourly wages as of April 30, 2022
Alberta $27.28 $28.85
British Columbia $25.00 $26.44
Manitoba $21.60 $23.00
New Brunswick $20.12 $21.79
Newfoundland and Labrador $23.00 $24.29
Northwest Territories $34.36 $37.30
Nova Scotia $20.00 $22.00
Nunavut $32.00 $36.00
Ontario $24.04 $26.06
Prince Edward Island $20.00 $21.63
Quebec $23.08 $25.00
Saskatchewan $24.55 $25.96
Yukon $30.00 $32.00

Sources:

  • wage rates in column 2 are based on Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey 2019 (1-year average);
  • wage rates in column 3 are based on Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey 2019 to 2021 (2-year average).

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