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Hiring Foreign Workers

techEligible foreign workers are allowed to work in Canada for an authorized period of time under the Provincial Nominee Programs or Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program if employers can demonstrate that they are unable to find suitable Canadians/permanent residents to fill the positions.

Provincial Nominee Programs 

Once nominated by a Province or Territory for permanent residency, a foreign worker who is employed or has a valid job offer, and the nominee’s spouse or common-law partner, are eligible to apply for a work permit. 

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

Before hiring an international worker, most employers need a government authorization that comes through an approved LMIA application. LMIAs are processed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) which ensures that the entry of these workers will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market.

Foreign nationals included in an approved LMIA are then able to apply for a work permit.

For a successful LMIA application, it is essential to demonstrate that:

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LMIA Streams

Low-wage Stream: Applicable when the employer offers to the worker a wage below the provincial or territorial median hourly wage.

Requirements for employers:

  • Offering a full-time job (at least 30 hours per week)
  • Performing three different methods of recruitment for four consecutive weeks
  • Offering a wage equal or higher the hourly median wage for the same job position and work location
  • Paying transportation for worker to come to Canada and return to country of residency at the end of work term 
  • Ensuring that suitable and affordable housing is available for the worker, and the worker is covered by health and workplace safety insurance

High-wage Stream: Applicable when the employer offers to the worker a wage at or above the provincial or territorial median hourly wage.

Requirements for employers:

  • Offering a full-time job (at least 30 hours per week)
  • Performing three different methods of recruitment for four consecutive weeks
  • Offering a wage equal or higher the hourly median wage for the same job position and work location
  • Ensuring that the worker is covered by workplace safety insurance
  • Submitting a transition plan

Our representatives assist employers in providing accurate and complete information when applying for an LMIA.

For more information on these programs, contact us:

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