Temporary foreign workers are a solution for employers with urgent, immediate or temporary labour shortages.
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
Employers that can demonstrate they are not able to find suitable Canadians/permanent residents to fill certain jobs can access this program to allow eligible foreign workers to work in Canada for an authorized period of time. Employers wishing to engage in this process might be required to go through the Labour Market Impact Assessment process. For more information please visit: Hire a Temporary Foreign Worker.
International Mobility Program (IMP)
The International Mobility Program (IMP) lets employers hire temporary workers without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Exemptions from the LMIA process are based on broader economic, cultural or other competitive advantages for Canada, and reciprocal benefits enjoyed by Canadians and permanent residents.
Find out if you need an LMIA , or connect the International Mobility Worker Unit (IMWU) serving your province or territory.
There are several stream within the International Mobility Program. Here are some examples:
- Employer Specific work permits:
- Open Work permits:
If your business is outside Quebec, IRCC's Employer Liaison Network (ELN) can explain how Express Entry works and can help you find candidates. ELN officers are located across Canada.