Under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (“TFWP”), CIC facilitates the temporary entry of foreign workers needed to address labour market shortages and to provide other economic opportunities for
Canadians, such as job creation and the transfer of new skills and knowledge. With a few exceptions, foreign workers must have an approved job offer and a work permit before arriving in Canada. CIC works with HRSDC to ensure that the admission of foreign workers does not adversely affect employment opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
The TFWP program is made up of four streams: high-skilled workers, low-skilled workers, the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, and the Live-In Caregiver Program.
At the LAW OFFICES OF COLIN R. SINGER, we frequently assist employers and job seekers in securing favourable HRSDC labour opinions and thereafter, in applying for a Canada work visa.
Readers who have received a temporary offer of employment in Canada and require our assistance to procure a work permit are invited to complete the following questionnaire for our review and evaluation at no charge.
- How to Apply for a Canadian Temporary Work Permit
- Open Work permit in Canada
- Where to Apply for a Canadian Temporary Work Permit
- Permanent Residence Applicants apply for Open Work Permits in Canada
- How to apply for an LMIA for work in Quebec
- Extending or Changing a Canadian Temporary Work Permit
- Extension and Renewal of Work Permits in Quebec
- How CIC Assesses Temporary Foreign Worker Applications
- Jobs That Are Exempt from the LMIA Requirement
- Jobs That Do Not Require a Work Permit in Canada
- Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) in Canada
- Language Requirements for Temporary Foreign Worker Applicants
- Canadian LMIAs for low Skill Occupations
- Required Documents For Canadian Temporary Work Permit
- Business Visitor do not require Work permit in Canada
- Foreign Nationals with No Other Means of Support
- Foreign Representatives and Their Family Members Without Work Permit In Canada
- Foreign Workers and Strike Situations
- Grounds for Inadmissibility Work in Canada
- Process of hiring a foreign worker
Options for family members to work in Canada:
Your family members may accompany you to Canada. All family members must complete their own application forms but the forms may be submitted together. If your family members would like to work in Canada, they will have to fill out their own work permit applications.
In certain cases, spouses or common-law partners will be eligible for an open work permit (Open Work Permits). If your children would like to study in Canada, they must submit a study permit application.
Open work permits allow them to work in any job with any employer with limited exception. An open work permit also means that they may be hired without the employer having to obtain an LMO.
Generally your spouse’s eligibility for an open work permit depends on the skill level of your job.
If you are considered a high skill worker, your spouse or common-law partner could be eligible for an open work permit. You must also be authorized to work in Canada for a period of at least six months.
If you are considered a low skill worker, your spouse will only be eligible for an open work permit through an active pilot project.
In addition to this, your dependent children eligibility for an open work permit can only be determined through an active pilot project.
For information on work permit conditions, validity and duration, click here.
If you are a Canadian employer wishing to hire a foreign worker, or have been offered a position by a Canadian employer, we invite you to complete our Free Online Evaluation to obtain an assessment of your qualifications for Canadian work authorization