Temporary workers

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

A work permit or authorization to work without a permit is required in order for a foreign national to be allowed to work in Canada (A30). There are specific requirements that must be met by the foreign national and the employer under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) or the International Mobility Program (IMP).

The TFWP lets employers hire foreign workers to fill temporary labour and skill shortages.

The 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.

See:

Intake

Processing

Labour Market Impact Assessments

Labour Market Impact Assessment exemptions

Determining employer compliance

Admission to Canada

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements for the temporary resident category under which they have applied, applicants will require either a visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA).

Visa

eTA

All foreign nationals who are visa-exempt are required to obtain an eTA to travel to Canada by air.

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