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

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

Applications are assessed to determine that the impact the hiring of a temporary foreign worker would have on Canada’s labour market. Based on the information you provided, you will receive a negative or positive Labour Market Impact Assessment in the form of a letter.

If you receive a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (valid for six months from the date of issue) you need to:

  • ensure the employment contract has been signed by the temporary foreign worker and a copy has been provided, if applicable
  • provide a copy of the Labour Market Impact Assessment letter and its Annex A to the temporary foreign worker (required to obtain a work permit to work in Canada)
  • inform the temporary foreign worker to apply for permanent residence to immigrate to Canada or a work permit prior to the Labour Market Impact Assessment expiry date
  • inform the appropriate Service Canada Processing Centre of any changes required or errors on the positive Labour Market Impact Assessment or its annexes

If you receive a positive Unnamed Labour Market Impact Assessment:

  • you must complete and submit the Foreign Worker Name template provided with the Labour Market Impact Assessment to the appropriate Service Canada Processing Centre as soon as the names of the temporary foreign workers are known
  • you will receive a Labour Market Impact Assessment that includes the names of the temporary foreign workers
  • you must provide the temporary foreign workers with a copy of the Labour Market Impact Assessment to apply for a work permit to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada prior to the Labour Market Impact Assessment expiry date
  • for privacy reasons, the Annex B provided with your positive Labour Market Impact Assessment is for your records only and must not be shared with the temporary foreign workers

If you receive a negative Labour Market Impact Assessment, you will not be reimbursed the processing fee.

Expedited processing

Your application could be processed within ten business days (except applications for positions located in the province of Quebec) if it meets at least one of these criteria:

Highest-paid

Skilled trades

Short-duration

  • The positions requested are for a period of employment of 120 calendar days or less; and
  • The wage offered for the requested positions is at or above the provincial or territorial hourly median wage

Express entry

  • The job offer is to support a skilled worker’s application for permanent residence under one of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry eligible programs.

However, the ten business day speed of service will only be performed if:

  • your application is complete
  • we do not need additional time for consultation or clarification concerning your application
  • you have not been selected for a Compliance review.

Changing names or adding information

You must contact the Employer Contact Centre if information on your positive Labour Market Impact Assessment or its annexes is incorrect, missing or if it needs to be updated.

To change the names of temporary foreign workers after being issued a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment, contact the Employer contact centre in advance, based on the number of names to be changed:

  • ten names or less – request must be received at least 15 business days prior to the Labour Market Impact Assessment expiry date
  • more than ten names – request must be received at least 20 business days prior to the Labour Market Impact Assessment expiry date

The names of temporary foreign workers on a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment cannot be changed if the:

  • position is in the province of Quebec (except for positions under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program)
  • application is for permanent residence or dual intent
  • application is for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program positions everywhere in Canada except for those in the province of Quebec
  • work permit has been issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Cancelling a job offer

If you no longer require the services of the temporary foreign worker or decide to cancel your job offer, prior to the entry of the temporary foreign worker, it is important that you let the Employer contact centre and the temporary foreign worker know. However, the Labour Market Impact Assessment processing fee will not be reimbursed.

End of employment

If a temporary foreign worker cannot be located or does not show up for departure from Canada at the end of employment, you must:

Documentation retention

You must keep all documents used to support your application for a minimum of six years beginning on the temporary foreign worker’s first day of work. We may request these documents at any time to verify your past compliance with the Program conditions.

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