How to Hire Immigrants for Jobs in Canada


How to Hire Immigrants for Jobs in Canada

Each year, Canada welcomes hundreds of thousands of skilled workers as immigrants. And the process of hiring them isn’t even complicated – it’s quite straightforward. But just in case this is your first time hiring immigrants, we’ve decided to share a helpful guide with you today. Once you’re done reading this post, you’ll have all the information you need to hire immigrants for jobs in Canada.

Step-by-Step Guide for Hiring Immigrants for Jobs in Canada

  • Determine whether you need a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

In Canada, getting an LMIA is the only way to prove that a specific job opening can’t be filled by a Canadian and that hiring a foreigner for it wouldn’t negatively affect the labor market. Generally, a positive LMIA indicates that you have satisfied these conditions and can now hire a foreigner.

The only instance where an LMIA isn’t necessary is when you’re hiring for positions that fall into Canada’s broader cultural and economic objectives. Ultimately, such positions usually fall under the International Mobility Program (IMP). It’s also worth noting that there are some positions that don’t require foreign workers to have work permits. These usually include positions in sports, media, and business. 

But if you’re still unsure whether LMIA and work permit exemptions apply to the positions you’re hiring for, you can check with the International Mobility Workers Unit. This only works if you’re hiring someone who’s not already in Canada and is from a visa-exempt country though.

  • Apply for an LMIA where necessary

Once you establish that you need an LMIA to hire for a certain position, it’s time to apply for one. These applications are usually handled by a federal department known as Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). When sending in your application, you can choose between 4 application categories:

  • Low-wage workers – employers hiring low-wage workers may be required to pay for their round flight tickets or ensure they get affordable housing. Also, these employers may be subjected to a cap on the number of low-wage workers they can employ
  • High-wage workers – to hire these workers, employers need to submit transition plans together with their LMIA application. 
  • Agricultural Stream or Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – under this stream, employers need to submit an LMIA application form and a host of other documents

Once you send in your LMIA application, it takes at least 10 business days to hear back. When you get the LMIA though, your worker can apply for their permit immediately. 

  • Provide your worker with the documents they need to apply for a permit

When a foreign worker applies for a work permit, they’ll need the following four documents:

  • A copy of the LMIA
  • The LMIA number 
  • A contract
  • A job offer letter – while this is less detailed than a contract, it still contains important information such as job duties, work conditions, payment, and deductions

Once a foreign worker’s permit application is approved, they get a letter of introduction which is enough for them to travel to Canada. When they arrive in the country, a border services officer will give them their worker’s permit. But if they are already in the country, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will mail the permit to them. 

  • Use the IMP Employer portal if you don’t need LMIA and work permit

If you don’t need an LMIA and your worker doesn’t need to get a permit, you’ll need to use the IMP employer portal. To be specific, you’ll need to pay an employer compliance fee and then submit an employment offer form through the portal. 


Is hiring foreign workers in Quebec different?

If you want to hire through Quebec’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), your foreign worker will have to apply for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (QAC). This is usually done through the Ministry of Immigration, Frenchisation, and Integration (MIFI).

How do you support your foreign worker’s application for permanent residence?

If you want to offer a foreign worker a permanent position, you can easily support their bid for permanent residence. For one, a permanent job offer can earn them some additional points on their Express Entry profile. However, this only works for those with experience in occupations categorized under NOC codes A, B, or 0. 

So if you’re hiring for occupations under NOC codes  C or D, the best way to support your foreign workers is through provincial nominee programs or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

What should you tell your foreign workers before they come to Canada?

If you have a foreign worker coming to Canada soon, the best advice you can give them is to regularly check the Canadian government’s website. This way, they will always be in the know when the public health measures change at the borders. Also, it’s always a good idea to give them a heads up on any medical exams they’ll need to undergo as part of the application process. 


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