Bringing foreign workers to Canada: What you need to know

The federal government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program allows eligible foreign workers to work in Canada for an authorized period of time if employers can demonstrate that they are unable to find suitable Canadians/permanent residents to fill the jobs and that the entry of these workers will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market. Employers from all types of businesses can recruit foreign workers with a wide range of skills to meet temporary labor shortages.

Things to know before starting the process

Hiring temporary foreign workers

In the majority of cases, there are steps involved in hiring a temporary foreign worker from outside Canada. The need to complete each step will depend on the specifics of the job offer and the foreign worker’s country of citizenship and last permanent residence.

Employers and foreign workers must ensure that they provide accurate and complete information or the application process may be delayed.

Hiring skilled workers and supporting immigration application

Making a permanent job offer to a skilled worker can be an effective way to fill a full-time position in your company and bring needed skills to Canada.

If you plan to hire a Skilled Worker for a permanent position in your company, and at the same time, strengthen his/her application for permanent immigration to Canada, you can choose to:

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