Canada is actively looking for foreign workers and experts to add to its national workforce. However, there are different approaches and conditions to be able to work in Canada. For a foreign national to work in Canada, a valid work permit is the foremost requirement. Depending on the nature of the employment and work restrictions, the permit can be open or closed.
An open work permit is not job-specific and worker can work for any employer. No job offer or a positive Labor Market impact Assessment (LMIA) is required.
You may be eligible for open Work Permit if:
A closed work permit is employer specific and issued to a foreign worker to work for the specific employer that are listed on the LMIA.
The TFWP operated jointly by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) allows Canadian employers to hire from abroad temporarily, in order to overcome shortage in Canada’s work force.
These work permits are closed and employer – specific. This requires employer to look for Canadian citizen or permanent resident who are willing or able to do the job prior hiring a foreign worker.
Under TFWP employer can hire from following streams:
The TFWP program assures that the foreign workers are safely employed and get the rights and protection they deserve.
The first and the most important step in applying for TFWP is the requirement for a LMIA. This LMIA is a proof that the employer made relevant efforts to hire Canadian citizen or a permanent resident for the given Job.
This process includes: –
Applying for a LMIA is an expensive and time-consuming process. Failure to adhere to specific requirements of the application can make the employer receive a monetary penalty or a ban from hiring temporary foreign workers.