Hiring a foreign worker may seem like a struggle, causing many employers to skip over a non-Canadian’s resume in favour of the next. However, by hiring a temporary foreign worker, companies can better compete in a job market during labour shortages.
Immigration Canada provides detailed information on how to hire a temporary foreign worker. In most cases, employers need to:
- submit a foreign worker application (PDF)
- gain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) on the need for a foreign worker; and
- have the prospective candidate apply for and receive a work permit.
Some foreign workers may need a temporary resident visa or medical examination, depending on their citizenship, country of origin and occupation.
For occupations under pressure, Immigration Canada offers a fast-track application process. This helps companies facing labour shortages hire employees quickly and more easily.
Employers can also help temporary foreign workers apply for permanent residency.
Related to hiring a foreign worker
- Recruitment strategies – try recruiting non-traditional employees
- Global recruitment tips
- Canada’s Express Entry