Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) helps Canadian employers to hire foreign skilled workers to meet their labour market needs. A Canadian employer under the TFWP can hire a foreign national through the following Canadian immigration pathways :


But, to hire a foreign national a Canadian employer must meet the following terms:

  • Get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
    • Because it proves that no Canadian or permanent resident is available for the position which is being offered to a foreign national.
  • Or be exempt from getting an LMIA under the International Mobility Program.


What is an LMIA? Why do Canadian employers need an LMIA to hire under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

To hire a foreign worker, most employers need an LMIA. Because a positive/neutral LMIA verifies:

  • Firstly, there is a need for foreign workers.
  • Secondly, no Canadian or permanent citizens can do the job.


Note: The employer must give the applicant a copy of LMIA so they can apply for a work permit.


Besides, an applicant can apply for a work permit if they have a:

  • Job offer letter
  • Contract
  • Copy of LMIA and LMIA number


Further, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is a Canadian body that issues an LMIA for employers. Whereas the application process is as per the type of program the Canadian employer applies for.

Role of LMIA in the hiring of temporary workers on Employer Specific Work Permit

Canada requires an employer to have an LMIA for certain jobs whereas for some there is no need for it. As per the need, employers can hire foreign workers as per the following:

  • If there is a need for an LMIA the employer can hire under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • If there is no need for an LMIA the employer can hire under the International Mobility Program

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