Immigration: Hire a Foreign Worker

Find out how to hire temporary workers, live-in caregivers, international students, permanent workers and interns. Employers' Roadmap - This road map is a guide for employers in small to medium-sized enterprises interested in hiring foreign workers.

1) Hire a temporary worker  (www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/hire-foreign-worker/temporary.html)

Find out if you need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), how to hire workers, what to do after you hire a worker and how to extend a work permit.


2) Hire a temporary foreign worker in a high-wage or low-wage position  (www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/median-wage.html)

The wage being offered for the position will determine if you need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment under the Stream for High-wage Positions or the Stream for Low-wage Positions, each with their own requirements.

If you are offering a wage to a temporary foreign worker that is:

  • at or above the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, you must apply under the Stream for high-wage positions
  • below the provincial or territorial median hourly wage, you must apply under the Stream for low-wage positions
  • Median hourly wages by province or territory

3) International Mobility Program: Canadian interests – Significant benefit – Mobilité francophone [R205(a)] (exemption code C16)   (www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/foreign-workers/labour-market-impact-assessments/canadian-interests-significant-benefit-mobilite-francophone-r205-exemption-code-c16.html)

International Mobility Program: Canadian interests – Significant benefit – Mobilité francophone [R205(a)] (exemption code C16)

Note: 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.


4) Employer Portal  (www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/partners-service-providers/employer-portal.html)

The Employer Portal is for employers who hire temporary workers through the International Mobility Program (IMP). It lets employers submit offers of employment for temporary workers who don’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

  • Employer Portal enrollment guide
  • Employer Portal user guide
  • Frequently asked questions about hiring temporary workers

5) Get a work permit in Canada  (www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/permit.html)

Work permits and applications for temporary workers, business people, students and caregivers in the Live-In Caregiver Program.

  • Find out if you need a work permit
  • Business people
  • Permanent workers
  • Live-in Caregiver Program
  • Temporary workers
  • Students
  • International Experience Canada
  • Agricultural workers

6) Hire French-speaking or bilingual workers outside Quebec (www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/hire-foreign-worker/french-speaking-bilingual-workers-outside-quebec.html)

Work permits and applications for temporary workers, business people, students and caregivers in the Live-In Caregiver Program.


7) Hire permanent workers (www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/work-canada/hire-foreign-worker/permanent.html)

Express Entry and Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

Additional Helpful Links

Frontenac County: Kingston and District Immigration Services

United Counties of Leeds Grenville: St. Lawrence Rideau Immigration Partnership

COVID-19 Notice

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