Securing a job in Canada as an expat

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

If you’re moving to Canada and looking for a job, then the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) may really help. Under the program, Canadian employers must hire foreign workers if they cannot find Canadian citizens to fill employment and/or skills shortages. As the program covers many occupations and skill-levels, almost anyone is eligible to apply. It could also be a great pathway to getting a permanent job.

Background to the TFWP

The TFWP provides a way in which employers can fill genuine labour shortages with foreign workers. It is a really great opportunity for those moving to Canada, from any country, to find work across a whole variety of job sectors. It could also be a good way to get a permanent job, as according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC): ‘in 2011, more than 29,000 temporary foreign workers made the transition to permanent status’.

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)

For employers to be a part of the program, and to consequently hire foreign citizens, they must first obtain a positive LMIA . This assessment, done by the Canadian government, will essentially determine whether or not hiring a foreign worker will have a positive or neutral impact on the Canadian job market. Once an employer achieves a positive LMIA, foreigners can be considered for a job. Remember, you will only be considered if a Canadian national cannot fill the position.

How to apply

Firstly, find out if you need a work permit to work in Canada  (in most cases a work permit is required). Once you have this confirmed, you can be entered into the TFWP job pool. Then, if a position cannot be filled by a Canadian citizen, the employer is required to advertise directly to the TFWP pool (as part of the TFWP policy). You will then be considered for the job through a standard application process. In other words, as long as your skills and expertise match those required for a particular position then you will be considered accordingly.

Fast-track your visa application

One of the most attractive benefits of the scheme for expats is that your visa application will be given priority. If you are offered a job through the TFWP, under the Global Skills Act (2012), your visa could be processed within just 2 weeks!

Although your application will be fast-tracked, the actual process can often be confusing. Read our Canada Visa & Permits guide for an introduction to the process. For more expert and in-depth advice, CIC advises getting professional help to guide you. Companies such as E-Visums Canada  can help you save a lot of time and hassle in processing your visa application by giving you expert, step-by-step advice. They will also help you to get you settled once you have arrived.

So what are you waiting for? Apply to the TFWP today and be on your way to your new life in Canada in no time.


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