Hire an internationally trained worker

New fees to be paid by employers and open work permit applicants are being introduced on February 21, 2015. There is also a new process that employers must follow when hiring Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt foreign workers.

Read about the changes and how they may affect you.

If you are an employer, there are several programs you can use to:

  • offer a full-time job to support a skilled worker's immigration to Canada,
  • hire a foreign worker, or 
  • offer a paid internship to a permanent resident or new Canadian citizen.

Permanent workers

You can hire a skilled worker to fill vacancies on a permanent basis when you cannot find any Canadians or permanent residents for the job. Find out how to hire a worker through Express Entry, Canada's new application management system for skilled workers,launched on January 1, 2015.

Foreign workers

Through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program, you can hire foreign nationals to work temporarily. You can hire foreign workers who are abroad or who are already in Canada.


You can fill skilled labour shortages by hiring a permanent resident or new Canadian citizen as an intern through the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program.

Francophone workers

Consider hiring a Francophone worker for a job outside Quebec. You could get hands-on support to find the candidate you need to fill a vacant position.

International students

You can hire students while they are studying or after they graduate.

Employers' Roadmap

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