Working in Canada

Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), IRCC brings in foreign workers to address labour market shortages and provide economic opportunities for Canadians With a few exceptions, foreign workers must have an approved job offer and a work permit before arriving in Canada.

At Air Immigration Inc. we help employers and job seekers secure favourable Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) and then apply for work permit application. Canada work visas are issued under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The TFWP is intended to help Canadian employers recruit foreign workers in response to labour market shortages.

TFWP is made up of four streams: high-skilled workers, low-skilled workers, the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, and the Caregiver Program.

Foreign workers must have an approved job offer and a work permit before arriving in Canada under the TFWP.

IRCC works with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to ensure foreign workers do not take jobs for which Canadian citizens or permanent residents are available. Canadian employers intending to hire a foreign worker must obtain prior approval.  This is done by applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

In some cases, foreign workers may qualify to work in Canada without an LMIA under various programs, such as the International Mobility Program.

Options for Family Members to Work in Canada

A TFWP Canada work permit holder’s family may come with them to Canada.

All family members must complete their own application forms, but they can be submitted together.

If a family member wants to work in Canada, they will need their own Canada work permit.

In certain cases, spouses or common-law partners are eligible for an open work permit. If a temporary foreign worker’s children would like to study in Canada, they need a study permit.

An open work permit allows the holder to work in any job with any employer with limited exceptions. An open work permit also means the holder’s employer does not need an LMIA.