Temporary Foreign Worker Program

What is Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

Temporary Foreign Worker Program helps employers, Universities, Individuals, Corporations, and basically anyone, who fulfils certain eligibility conditions, to employ Foreign Workers, after obtaining LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) from ESDC  (Employment and Social Development Canada).

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Following applications are covered under Temporary Foreign Worker:

Express Entry

This is used for hiring skilled foreign workers for supporting PR through any one of the Express entry economic immigration program. A LMIA may or may not be required in this case, and can be decided on case-by-case basis.

1. Federal Skilled Worker Program

2. Federal Trade Worker Program

3. Canadian Experience Class

Global Talent Stream

Global Talent Stream is used by employers who are interested in hiring a uniquely skilled or in-demand talent in specified NOCs or who are referred by designated entities for jobs in Canada.


It is specifically useful if an employer wants to hire an academician at a particular school, college or University in Canada.


It is for those employers who are looking to hire foreign farm workers for jobs in primary agriculture


It is specifically for those employers who want to hire caregivers for for children, seniors or persons with medical needs.

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What is LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) ?

LMIA is needed by most employers who wish to hire a temporary foreign worker. It is given when skill set of foreign skilled worker is required to do a particular job in Canada, for which there is no Canadian or Permanent Resident available. Certain workers and professions are exempted for obtaining Labour Market Impact Assessment from ESDC . Following individuals shall not require Labour Market Impact Assessment:

  • Business visitor
  • Foreign representatives and Family members of foreign representatives
  • Military personnel
  • Foreign government officers
  • On-campus employment
  • Performing artists
  • Athletes and team members
  • News reporters, media crews
  • Public speakers
  • Convention organizers
  • Religious leaders
  • Judges, referees and similar officials
  • Examiners and evaluators
  • Expert witnesses or investigators
  • Health care students
  • Civil aviation inspector
  • Aviation accident or incident inspector
  • Crew
  • Emergency service providers
  • Individuals on Implied status
  • Off-campus work

There are other professions as well who are exempt from LMIA. To know if you are exempt from LMIA or not, Please Contact Us.

International Mobility Workers Unit

  • International Mobility Workers Unit provides guidance whether an employer needs to obtain a LMIA for a particular foreign worker. Once can take help from them, if the Temporary Foreign Worker who is being offered a job-position is both:
    1. Currently outside Canada, and,
    2. From a country whose nationals are visa-exempt.
  • An offer of employment through the Employer Portal is required to be made by the employer.
  • It requires employer compliance fee of $230.

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