How to Hire Foreign Workers in Canada in 4 Steps

By Michael Niren July 28, 2012 (Updated December 1, 2020) 4 min. read

Let’s have a closer look at the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program.

This program is a Government instrument through which Canadian employers can bring Foreign Workers to Canada or hire those already in Canada in order to fill a temporary labour shortage. This program can be sought by a Canadian Employer for up to 4 years.

How to Hire Foreign Workers Residing Outside of Canada

Employers in Canada are able to hire a foreign worker temporarily or offer them a full-time job. There are several programs available for those who are looking to hire from outside the country.

Temporary Workers

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program allows employers to hire workers from another country to fill temporary labour. Employers are able to hire those outside of the country as well as those individuals who are already inside Canada.

International Students

Employers are able to hire students while studying or after they have graduated. There is an Off-Campus Work Permit Program Available as well as the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.

Permanent Workers

Employers are able to hire workers who will end up staying in Canada permanently. You are able to accomplish this through three different venues.

How to Hire Foreign Workers Who Are Already in Canada

Foreign workers who have already obtained employment in Canada and whose existing job contract with another employer is expiring may be hired.
The requisites are:

Processing Canadian Foreign Worker Applications

Criteria for Employers Who Want to Hire Foreign Workers in Canada

Any employer cannot outrightly hire a worker under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program without first qualifying from certain criteria and requirements set forth by law.

Labor Market Opinion (LMO)

A labor market opinion (LMO) is usually required of a Canadian employer to hire foreign workers, subject to the exception of certain jobs that do not require an LMO. An LMO can be obtained from Service Canada for the following:

4 Steps to Hire a Temporary Foreign Worker in Canada

As an employer, you may bring foreign workers to Canada in four (4) steps.

  1. The first thing to do is determine whether you need to file an application for a Labor Market Opinion (LMO). Canadian employers commonly retain an immigration lawyer to perform the tasks from assessment to the issuance of the proper work permits to prospective foreign employers whom employers seek to hire.
  2. If required, you may apply for a Labor Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada. Upon receiving from Service Canada a positive LMO, you will have to send specific documents to the prospective foreign worker who will use those documents in applying for a work permit. The alien worker you seek to hire will include the following in his or her application for a work permit:
    1. the confirmation letter of the positive LMO
    2. your written job offer
    3. a signed contract in some cases
  3. Get your prospective foreign worker to fill out and complete the work permit application. In cases when employers retain an immigration lawyer, they just leave this task to their attorneys and benefit from the hassle-free method of hiring foreign workers.
  4. An officer at Canada Border Services Agency, if the worker is qualified, will issue the work permit at the port of entry at the time the foreign worker comes to Canada.

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