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What Is TFWP?


The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is designed to help Canadian employers address immediate labor shortages when Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not available. The TFWP is divided into various streams, including global talent stream, high-skilled workers, low-skilled workers, agricultural workers, and live-in caregivers. 

The journey for potential applicants under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) begins with securing a Canadian employer willing to hire them. This employer must then apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Once the LMIA is approved, it serves as a green light for the applicant, who can then proceed to file for a work permit. 

Eligibility for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) requires a valid job offer backed by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), proving a Canadian employer's need for a foreign worker to fill a specific position when no suitable Canadian candidates are available.

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Valid Job Offer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Positive LMIA Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eligible Occupations No Restriction No Restriction No Restriction Certain Occupations
Wages Requirement Median Minimum $38.46 / Hour Median
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LMIA Processing Time 48 Business Days 49 Business Days 8 Business Days 8 Business Days
Work Permit Processing Time Varies Varies Varies Varies
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)?

The TFWP allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill short-term labor and skill shortages when Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not available. It includes various streams tailored to specific needs, such as high-skilled workers, low-skilled workers, and seasonal agricultural workers.

What is the required minimum education level for the TFWP?

The minimum education requirement for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) varies based on the specific job role and is outlined in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) under employment requirements. While some positions may not necessitate a degree or higher education, others might require it, depending on the nature and responsibilities of the job title.

How does an employer apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

Employers must submit an application to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The application must include details about the job offer, efforts to recruit Canadians, and the benefits of hiring a foreign worker to the Canadian labor market.

What is a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)?

An LMIA is a document that a Canadian employer may need to get before hiring a foreign worker. It proves that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job and that no Canadian worker is available to do the job.

Can a foreign worker apply for permanent residency through the TFWP?

Yes, foreign workers in Canada on a temporary basis can transition to permanent residency through various programs, depending on their job category, work experience, and other criteria under programs like the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or certain Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).

What rights do foreign workers have under the TFWP?

Foreign workers in Canada are protected under Canadian labor laws, including minimum wage requirements, safe working conditions, and freedom from abuse or retaliation by employers.

How do we assist employers in securing an LMIA?

We specialize in guiding employers through the intricate process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Our services include preparing and submitting the LMIA application, advising on compliance with program requirements, and supporting documentation to prove the need for a foreign worker. Our goal is to streamline the process, ensuring a smoother path to securing the necessary approval for your foreign talent needs.

Do you sell job offers?

No, selling job offers is illegal. Immigratic strictly adheres to the law and does not provide services to arrange job offers for a fee. Our commitment is to integrity and transparency in all our services. While we do not facilitate job offers directly, we offer monthly employment readiness programs. These programs are designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge to present themselves effectively to Canadian employers. These services are available for a nominal fee, ensuring applicants are prepared to seize employment opportunities in Canada.

What should I do if I don't have a job offer or haven't found one yet?

The Canadian immigration system offers numerous pathways for foreign workers to work in Canada temporarily, even without a job offer. Although the TFWP requires a job offer, there are over 100 LMIA-exempt work permits under the International Mobility Program (IMP) that may be applicable to your situation. These options cater to entrepreneurs, individuals with special talents, or those who can offer significant benefits to Canada, allowing for work permit applications without needing an LMIA. Learn more about the IMP Work Permits we support 

Additionally, if you've not been successful on your own, consider participating in Immigratic's employment readiness programs, held monthly, to enhance your prospects.