CIMM - Temporary Foreign Workers: Permits, Processing, Facilitation

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Key messages

Supplementary messages

Facilitative Measures for Temporary Workers in Canada

Facilitative Measures for Overseas Work Permit Applicants

Work Permit Processing Times

Ministerial Instructions

Processing times - specifically which lines of business are being processed in one week

Impact of temporary workers on Canadian economy

Inconsistencies in numbers of workers who have arrived

Pathways to Permanent Residence for Temporary Foreign Workers

Undocumented Workers

Supporting facts and figures


Canada’s two temporary foreign worker programs:

Administration of temporary work permit programs at the federal level is divided among three departments:

Provinces and Territories

Medical support:

Work Permit Extensions:

Processing times for Work Permit and Extensions under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program (IMP) between January 1, 2018 - June 7, 2020 (in days)
  WP WP-EXT All Permits
2018 (Jan-Dec) 43 34 40 74 108 82 67 63 67
2019 (Jan-Dec) 43 50 45 107 113 108 99 98 99
2020Footnote * (Jan 1-June 7) 39 36 37 93 94 93 90 75 88
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