Hire a temporary foreign worker in a low-wage position
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there are changes to this program.
Please read our latest notices:
For applications received on and 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 Temporary Foreign Worker Program is intended to be used when you are facing short-term skills and labour shortages, and only when no Canadians and permanent residents are available.
To hire a temporary foreign worker, you may require a Labour Market Impact Assessment to determine if the hiring of a temporary foreign worker will have a positive or negative impact on the Canadian labour market.
As an employer, you must comply with the Program requirements. These requirements may vary depending on the position you are requesting. We take the integrity of the Program very seriously and we have mechanisms in place to verify employers’ compliance with the Program requirements. Employers who fail to comply with these requirements will be subject to consequences for non-compliance.
To get a Labour Market Impact Assessment, you must submit an application form and all the necessary supporting documents. Your application will be assessed to validate the legitimacy of the business, the job offer and the impact of hiring a temporary foreign worker would have on the Canadian labour market.
How to apply - Stream for low-wage positions
Before you apply
- Determine if you need a Labour Market Impact Assessment
- Verify if we will refuse to process your Labour Market Impact Assessment application
- Ensure you know about the Program requirements for low-wage positions
- Ensure you want to apply through the stream for low-wage positions. If after applying you decide you want to apply under a different stream, you will need to cancel your original application and reapply under the new stream. Processing fees are not refunded and cannot be transferred to your new application.
Important: Changes to the LMIA fee collection
As of October 23, 2020, Service Canada is making changes to better protect employers’ financial information. LMIA application forms will now only request partial digits from a credit card. Upon application receipt, Service Canada will contact the employer to obtain the remaining digits in order to process payment.
Your Labour Market Impact Assessment application can be submitted up to 6 months prior to the expected job start date.
- Labour Market Impact Assessment application form for low-wage positions (EMP5627)
- proof of business legitimacy
- proof of recruitment
- Employment Contract (PDF 37.1 KB)
- If you are applying under the 2-year duration pilot for meat processors:
- Schedule L: Two-year Employment Duration for Meat Processors Pilot
- if applicable, a letter of union support which is on union letterhead and signed by an authorized union official. Here is a sample letter that can be adapted by your union.
A complete application means that you have:
- used the latest version of the application form
- filled out all the fields in all the required forms (except for the temporary foreign worker information in the case of an Unnamed Labour Market Impact Assessment application)
- included all the required supporting documentation
- signed all the forms, where required
- submitted the processing fee for each position requested, if applicable
Incomplete applications will not be processed or returned. It is recommended that you submit copies of documents rather than originals.
However, you can still apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment for specific positions in specific provinces or territories, even if the temporary foreign worker information is not available at the time of the application. These applications are also known as "Unnamed Labour Market Impact Assessment" applications.
On May 12, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a Temporary Public Policy. The new policy allows some temporary foreign workers (TFWs) already in Canada to change jobs before a final decision is made on their work permit application.
Employers hiring these TFWs may receive priority processing of the LMIA applications. To do so, employers must notify Service Canada in writing that the TFW:
- is in Canada, and
- wishes to benefit from IRCC’s COVID-19 Temporary Public Policy
After you apply
Additional information is available to find out what happens after you apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment for a low-wage or high-wage position.
Application process in the province of Quebec
There are certain provisions that need to be followed when hiring temporary foreign workers in positions located in the province of Quebec.
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