Hire permanent workers

If you have gaps in your work force and can’t find qualified candidates, consider hiring a permanent skilled worker.

Express Entry

Express Entry is a system used to manage applications for these immigration programs:

If you are a Canadian employer, you can hire Express Entry candidates to meet your labour needs when you can't find Canadians or permanent residents to fill job vacancies. You can use the same recruiting and hiring practices you use now.

In some cases, you also have access to candidates through private sector job boards and Provincial Nominee Programs. The Government of Canada’s Job Bank has also introduced a matching function to connect eligible employers with Express Entry candidates.

If your business is outside Quebec, IRCC's Employer Liaison Network (ELN) officers can explain how Express Entry works and can help you find candidates. ELN officers are located across Canada.

Note: We have made some changes to Express Entry, including the number of CRS points awarded for valid job offers, changing the time period for a valid job offer from permanent to one year, and giving LMIA exemptions for certain jobs.

These changes will make it easier for businesses to find candidates through Express Entry, and for skilled workers to secure a job offer. Find out more about these changes.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic provinces and federal government are working together on immigration programs to meet your needs and the region’s needs. If you are an employer in the Atlantic region, you can hire skilled workers and international student graduates who want to permanently live in one of the Atlantic provinces:

  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island 

A Labour Market Impact Assessment is not needed for Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs.

We will process up to 2,000 applications in 2017. We will determine how many applications we accept in 2018 and 2019 at a later date. Find out how to hire a candidate with the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

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Employers’ roadmap

This roadmap is a guide for employers of small to medium-sized enterprises who are interested in hiring foreign workers.

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