CIMM - Temporary Foreign Workers: Permits, Processing, Facilitation - Mar 10, 2021

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Key messages

Supplementary messages

Temporary Foreign Worker Program and labour market impact assessment process

Facilitative measures for temporary workers in Canada

Facilitative measures for overseas work permit applicants

Work permit processing times

Ministerial Instructions

Impact of temporary workers on Canadian economy

Worker safety and rights (protection of vulnerable workers, agricultural)

Agricultural workers

Agri-Food Pilot

Expired work permits and maintained status (formerly “Implied Status”)

Undocumented workers


Supporting facts and figures


Canada’s two programs for temporary foreign worker programs

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

Provinces and territories

Medical support

Processing times for Work Permits (WP) including Extensions (WP-EXT) Applications under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program (IMP) between January 1, 2018 - December 2020 (in Days)

Year Work Permit WP - EXT ALL Work Permits
2018 43 34 40 74 108 82 67 63 67
2019 43 50 45 107 113 108 99 98 99
2020 107 43 72 104 100 103 104 85 99

Please note: Data more recent than December 31, 2020 have not been publicly released.

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