Hiring support: Temporary Foreign Worker Units

The Temporary Foreign Worker Units (TFWU) offer guidance ONLY to employers and/or their authorized representatives seeking to employ foreign workers who may be exempted from obtaining a work permit or from the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) - Service Canada (SC) Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.

In cases where employers believe a LMIA or work permit exemption may apply, they can request an assessment (“opinion request”) provided the foreign worker is from a visa-exempt country and is currently outside Canada.

Requests and supporting documentation must be submitted at least 30 days prior to date of entry and can be e-mailed. The TFWUs will respond to LMIA and/or work permit exemption enquiries only.

  • Toronto (serving Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut)

    Toronto Temporary Foreign Worker Unit
    E-mail: TFWU-Toronto-UTET@cic.gc.ca

  • Montreal (serving Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador)

    Montreal Temporary Foreign Worker Unit
    E-mail: CIC-QUE-SRTE@cic.gc.ca

Employers' Roadmap

This roadmap is a guide for employers in small to medium-sized enterprises interested in hiring foreign workers.
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