Hiring foreign workers

If your business is facing a labour shortage, or you are unable to find the talent your business needs, why not look outside of Canada? The following programs can help you hire the right match for your business.

General information

If your business is facing a labour shortage, you could hire a foreign worker to fill the gap. The worker must have a valid permit to work in Canada, and other conditions may apply. Find out more:

  • Hireimmigrants.ca Roadmap
    Find information and resources to help you find and hire skilled immigrants to fill positions in your business in Canada.
  • Hiring foreign workers — Construction industry
    Find out how to assess foreign experience, skills and credentials. Learn how to make job offers, develop orientation programs, and retain workers.
  • Hire foreign workers
    If you're interested in hiring foreign workers on a permanent or temporary basis, find out which program is best for your business needs and access related information.
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program
    Learn how you can hire a foreign worker on a temporary basis when Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not available to do the job.
  • Express Entry
    Express Entry aims to facilitate matches between Canadian businesses and skilled immigrants who wish to work in Canada permanently.

Nominee programs

Many provinces and territories have nominee programs where the government nominates individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and settle in that particular province or territory. Some programs aim to attract foreign investors and entrepreneurs from around the world, while others serve to fill labour gaps that businesses may be facing.

Alberta

  • Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
    Only Applies to : Alberta
    Recruit foreign workers to fill positions in your organization and help immigrant employees become permanent residents of Canada.

British Columbia

Manitoba

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

Saskatchewan

Yukon

  • Yukon Business Nominee Program
    Only Applies to : Yukon
    Are you interested in immigrating to the Yukon to start a business? Find out more on how to qualify for this program.

Internationally trained workers

Hiring foreign workers can help you fill labour needs when no Canadian citizens or permanent residents are available to fill the positions. These workers are a valuable source of skills and talent, and integrating them into your workforce can show your organization's connection to your community.

Alberta

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Quebec

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