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Temporary Foreign Worker

The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program enables Canadian entrepreneurs to hire workers from other countries to fill available jobs when certified Canadians are not available.
This program runs through the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations and is regulated in deep collaboration with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

How does this process Work?

To determine the likely impact that temporary foreign workers would have on the Canadian labor market, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) uses Labour Market Impact Assessments to review applications submitted by employers for permission to hire temporary foreign workers through Service Canada processing centers.
Evaluation process
The Program evaluates its effectiveness by considering factors such as regional and occupational labor market data, company recruitment and advertising initiatives, employee compensation and working conditions, skill transfer to Canadians, and labor shortages. Service Canada also offers Employer Contact Centres and online resources to address Program-related inquiries.
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