Hire permanent workers

New employer responsibilities

You have new responsibilities when you hire a foreign worker. These responsibilities help protect public health and the health of workers.

If you have gaps in your workforce and can’t find qualified candidates, consider hiring a foreign skilled worker on a permanent basis.

Express Entry

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

If you’re a Canadian employer with a business outside Quebec, you can hire Express Entry candidates to meet your 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. Job Bank has also introduced a matching function to connect eligible employers with Express Entry candidates.

Our outreach officers, located across Canada, can explain how Express Entry works and how you can support an employee’s application through Express Entry with a valid job offer.

How to make a valid job offer for an Express Entry applicant

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot helps you hire qualified candidates for jobs you haven’t been able to fill locally. These candidates can be overseas or living in Canada temporarily.

There are 3 programs you can use to hire someone:

Each program has requirements that you and the candidate must meet.

Before you make a job offer, you must be designated by the provincial government of the Atlantic province where the candidate will be working.

Once you make a job offer, you and the candidate will work through several steps. If you and the candidate meet all the requirements, the candidate gets permanent resident status in Canada.

Our outreach officers can help you understand how the Atlantic Immigration Pilot works.

You don’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot programs.

Find out how to hire a foreign worker through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

More resources

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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