Foreign Worker

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 (section 30 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act). 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.




Labour Market Impact Assessments

Labour Market Impact Assessment exemptions

Determining employer compliance