Hire temporary workers

Starting October 26, 2015, CIC is introducing a new electronic system, the Employer Portal.

Employers must submit offers of employment in Labour Market Impact Assessment-exempt situations directly to CIC using this new system. The previous form, IMM 5802 Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment, will no longer be accepted.

If an employer has already provided a completed form to a foreign worker, the worker should submit a work permit application prior to November 21, 2015. If the foreign worker does not submit their application before this date, the employer must resubmit the Offer of Employment using the Employer Portal.

The Employer Portal is part of changes introduced on February 21, 2015 and will be available on CIC’s website on October 26, 2015.

Employers can hire foreign workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program lets employers hire foreign workers to fill temporary labour and skill shortages. Employers need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to hire through this program. An LMIA verifies that there is a need for a foreign worker and that no Canadians can do the job. Find out more about what a foreign worker must do to come to Canada.

The International Mobility Program lets employers hire foreign workers without the need of an LMIA. Exemptions from the LMIA process are available where there are reciprocal benefits for Canadians and other competitive advantages for Canada. Employers need to pay an employer compliance fee and submit an Offer of Employment form to Citizenship and Immigration Canada before the foreign national can apply for a work permit. A Form Aid is available to help you complete the Offer of Employment form.

Employers can hire workers abroad or already in Canada.

Qualified foreign workers already in Canada could include those who:

  • are about to complete a job contract with another employer, or
  • hold an open work permit that allows them to work for any employer in Canada.

Employers can normally hire a foreign worker for up to four years.

Processing times vary depending on where and how the person applies.

Foreign workers must apply for themselves.

Some foreign workers can go on to become permanent residents through:

Hire in four steps

Employers' Roadmap

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