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Work In Canada

Worker Class

Several potential immigrants come to Canada under the worker class program. Two popular programs under the worker class are:

  1. Temporary Foreign Worker Program

  2. International Mobility Program

TFWP (Temporary Foreign Worker Program)

The objective of this program is to aid employers fill skill shortages for a limited period of time for which there are no qualified Canadians to fill.

Foreign nationals who intend to work in Canada under this program must apply for a work permit. There are two types of work permits:

  • Open Work Permit

  • Employer Specific Work Permit

Workers under the worker class typically require an LMIA (Labor Market Impact Assessment). An LMIA essentially demonstrates the need for an employer to hire a foreign worker. It proves that there are no qualified Canadians to fill the role.

The TFWP is administered based on the wage not occupation. Wages are broken down into high wage and low wage positions.

Applying for an LMIA

An LMIA is issued by the federal department of Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC). It is a opinion that determined the effect of a permanent job offer to a foreign worker (positive, negative or neutral). There are several factors involved in making a decision such as working conditions, wages, ability to fill the role by a permanent resident or Canadian citizen etc. 

Jobs that typically require an LMIA include the following:

  • High wage positions

  • Low wage positions

  • Foreign agricultural stream

  • Foreign Academic stream

  • Skilled Foreign worker stream

  • Global Talent stream

JDF Immigration has years of experience helping workers successfully apply for LMIA's.  This application can be very complex and a negative decision can be time consuming and stressful. Contact Us today to determine how we can help you successfully apply for an LMIA today. 

IMP (International Mobility Program)

The purpose of the International Mobility Program is to enhance Canada's economic and cultural national interests. The definition of this program makes it distinct from that of the TFWP in that an LMIA is not required. 

However, before a work permit is granted, an employer has to submit a job offer as well as other relevant information to the IRCC. 

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