Temporary Foreign Workers

For several years, ORHMA has been at the forefront in advocating for a reform of the immigration process in order to reduce red tape when trying to hire foreign workers. As we know, the COVID-19 pandemic has put much more strain on our industry's workforce issue and the need for workers is pressing especially as businesses are gearing up to operating pre-pandemic practices.


As your industry association, we at ORHMA are committed to finding solutions and helping members with the temporary foreign workers process. The following information will provide employers with a breakdown of the steps needed in order to seek workers from overseas.

Benefits of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program: 

  • Fill labour requirements with workers from outside your local labour pool. 

  • Enhanced employee loyalty and stability  

General Requirements of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program:  

1. Business Legitimacy 

​​As an employer looking to hire a foreign worker, you must ensure the following: 

  • That your business has no past compliance issues 

  • That your business can fulfill all of the terms of the job offer 

  • That you are providing a good or service in Canada

  • That the job you are offering is consistent with the needs of your business  

  • That you have not laid off anyone in the last 12 months  

2. Recruitment Process 

Have the job description’s available and create job postings through the Government of Canada's Job Bank as well as two other sources (can be web, print, media, job fairs, etc). Your job posting must include some important information:


  • Copy of the job description

  • Category of workers needed

  • # of workers needed in each category

  • Length of the contract

  • Timeline for workers  


Employers must advertise the position for at least four weeks and potentially interview candidates who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents before they look to hire internationally.  

* For high wage workers, one of the methods used must be national in scope.  

* For low wage workers,  two additional recruitment methods beyond Job Bank must target different underrepresented groups (Indigenous persons, vulnerable youth, newcomers, and persons with disabilities).  

Find the right candidates:  

There are several ways you can recruit international candidates:


  • Job Bank Canada: Job Bank is Canada's national employment service, and the leading source of jobs and labour market information in the country. Job Bank Canada will allow you to indicate if you are looking to recruit Temporary Foreign Workers. Reminder: your job postings must be posted for at least 4 weeks prior to seeking international candidates.


  • National Job Boards: There are additional job boards available where an employer can post available positions and indicate they are looking for international employees.


  • International Governments: Connection with various international governments can assist in located pre-approved employees. ​

3. Wages 

Offers must be similar to wages paid to Canadian employees hired for the same job. Employers must  pay the prevailing wage (Based on Job Bank / NOC Stats). The wage rate only includes guaranteed wages therefore tips are not considered here.

4. Workplace Safety 

Your business must be covered by WSIB.  

Specific Requirements of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program:  

Specific requirements to hire workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker program are determined based on the type of position you are hiring. Below you will find requirements for hiring Low Wage or High Wage workers.  

How to Determine Low vs. High Wage Positions: 

Ontario determines low vs high wage by splitting the median hourly wage of the province which is $26.06 as of April 2022.  Low wage positions would be any position under $26.06 and high wage positions would be any position over $26.06.  


As an employer, you are responsible to arrange and pay for the transportation from the country of residence to Canada and return. This cost CANNOT be recovered by the worker. 


As an employer, you are responsible  ensure suitable and affordable*  housing is available. 

*Affordable: Cannot surpass 30% of the worker's pre tax income. 

Health Care: 

As an employer, you must ensure the worker is covered under private or provincial health insurance from the first da that they arrive in Canada.  

Transition Plan: 

You must be able to describe the activities you are agreeing to undertake the recruit, retain and train Canadians and permanent residents to reduce your reliance on the TFWP. 


One of the methods used must be national in scope. 

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Requirements 

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document a Canadian employer needs to hire most types of foreign workers.  A positive LMIA confirms there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job at hand and that no Canadian worker is available to do the job. 


An LMIA application must be made by an employer. Once the LMIA is obtained, it must be sent to the candidate to accompany the work permit application. Generally, a temporary foreign worker will need a work permit and a positive LMIA in order to work in Canada.   


An employer can seek pre-approval of the LMIA to indicate their requirement for workers. The application fee for LMIA requests is $1000 per position.

Documentation Requirements 

1. LMIA application 

2. Proof of Business Legitimacy ​  ​

  • Submit at least of the following documents:

    • T2 Schedule 100 Balance sheet information and T2 Schedule 125 Income statement information

    • T2042 Statement

    • T2125 Statement

    • T3010 Registered charity information return

    • an attestation confirming that your business is in good financial standing 

3.  Recent Documents from CRA (Ex: NOA) 

4. Proof of providing goods or services 

  • Submit at least of the following documents:

    • municipal/provincial/territorial business license

    • T4 Summary of remuneration paid

    • PD7A Statement of account for current source deductions 

5. Proof of Recruitment 

  • 1 Job Bank Ad

  • 2 Other Job Ads 

6. Job Offer 

  • An employer can send official job offers for signatures. Once signed, the job offer letters can be added to the LMIA application and submitted to Service Canada along with appropriate identification (i.e. passport). 

7. Employment Contract Offer (for low wage workers)

  • must be signed by both the employer and the foreign worker

The employer will need to submit dates and instruction for virtual interviews. They can then make their hiring decisions.  

Interview Process 

Steps to Follow Interview Process: 

  • Preparation of the required forms and documents 

  • Submission of the application

  • Application review by the ESDC 

  • Interview with the company's officer 

  • Final decision