Ineligible employers

There are two types of ineligible employers—those who are ineligible as per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) and those in categories that have been identified by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration as ineligible.

Regulatory ineligibility

On April 1, 2011, new regulations affecting Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) came into force. Under these regulations, an employer is ineligible to participate in the TFWP for a period of two years once it is determined that:

  • during the prescribed period [Note 1] they have failed, without reasonable justification, to provide substantially the same wages, working conditions or employment in an occupation to any foreign worker as those that were set out in their job offer.

The new Regulations prohibit a foreign worker from entering into, or extending an employment agreement with an ineligible employer.

The following is a list of ineligible employers:

City Street
There are currently no employers listed.

Ministerial instructions

As of July 14, 2012, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has identified employers in businesses, where there are reasonable grounds to suspect a risk of sexual exploitation of some workers, that are ineligible for the TFWP. These businesses were identified as strip clubs, escort services and massage parlours.


  • [1] The prescribed period begins two years prior to the date that the request for an opinion or the application for the work permit was received. [back to note 1]
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