Temporary Workers

Temporary entries of foreign workers to Canada are necessary to fill the labor market shortages as well as facilitate the transfer of new skills and knowledge. According to CIC, the number of temporary foreign workers admitted to Canada has significantly increased over the years. In 2008, Canada welcomed about 192,000 temporary workers, an increase of about 17% from 2007 where about 165,198 temporary workers were admitted. The upward trend of the increased admission to Canada is expected to continue until 2010.

Foreign nationals who intend to work temporarily in Canada must obtain a work permit. The applicant must show the officer that he has complied with the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. He must also demonstrate that

  • He will leave Canada at the end of his employment
  • He is law abiding and have no record of criminal activity (police clearance certificate might be required)
  • He is not a risk to the security of Canada
  • He is in good health (Complete medical examination, if required)
  • He will produce additional documents requested by the officer to establish admissibility
  • He must have an LMIA approved job offer from an employer in Canada

Temporary foreign workers destined for the Province of Quebec must apply for Certificat d’acceptation du Quebec (CAQ).