The International Mobility Program allows employers to hire temporary workers without completing a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Most often, you’ll have to submit an offer of employment through the Employer Portal. After your part is done, the temporary foreign worker must apply for a work permit. As soon as your temporary foreign worker arrives, there are certain conditions and responsibilities you must fulfill. If you don’t, you could be issued a penalty.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is for hiring foreign workers who need an LMIA. If you’re hiring a temporary foreign worker through the TFWP, find out more about that process. Find out more about the TFWP process if you plan on hiring a temporary foreign worker.

Hire a worker without an LMIA: How to hire a temporary worker

Make an offer of employment

You must pay the employer compliance fee of $230 to hire a temporary worker through the International Mobility Program; and create and submit an offer of employment through the Employer Portal. You must include information about your business, the foreign worker you wish to hire, the job details, as well as the wages and benefits.

Consider hiring a graphic designer for your film or television project

Currently, a temporary public policy allows employers to hire graphic designers without a labour market impact assessment. Submit your offer of employment according to these instructions.

Hire an overnight camp counsellor

You can hire an overnight camp counsellor through the International Mobility Program. If your worker fits the description, you don’t need to get a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).


Open work permits

The employer compliance fee is waived if a temporary worker has an open work permit. Any Canadian employer can hire the holder of an open work permit.

Exemptions from compliance for employers

Several employers are exempt from paying the employer compliance fee or don’t need to use the Employer Portal.

Find out if you’re exempt

Sign in to the Employer Portal.

When you submit an offer of employment

A number will be assigned to your offer of employment after you submit it through the Employer Portal. Whenever you hire or employ a temporary worker, you must provide this number. The worker can then apply for a work permit with this number. Their application will be reviewed to determine whether they can work in Canada. In the event that their application is approved, they will receive the following benefits: If they are still eligible when they arrive in Canada, a letter of introduction and a work permit from Canada border services; A new work permit (if they live in Canada or if they apply when they enter the country)

What else to tell your temporary worker

Ensure your temporary worker has the correct entry documents. A visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) is required to enter Canada. You will receive these documents with your work permit when you come to Canada from another country. During the application process, temporary workers may be required to undergo a medical examination depending on the type of work they will do in Canada and where they lived the previous year. Foreigners must meet certain requirements before leaving certain countries. A Canadian work permit may be required or other documentation on their Canadian employment. Before attempting to leave, temporary workers should check with their government authorities to determine what requirements apply. If you hire someone with a valid work permit, make sure they follow the conditions listed on their work permit.

Once you hire a foreign worker on a temporary basis

As soon as the temporary worker’s application for a work permit is approved, you have certain responsibilities and conditions to meet.

Responsibilities of employers

In order to hire a temporary worker through the International Mobility Program, you must:

  • verify the validity of the temporary worker’s work permit and find out when it expires;
  • make sure that the temporary worker meets the requirements of the work permit, including the deadlines for the job and the duration of when they can work in Canada;
  • comply with the terms of the job offer you submitted to us, including:
  • there are no less favourable working conditions (only comparable or better);
  • make sure they have workers’ compensation insurance and medical insurance upon arrival in Canada;
  • depending on where they live in your employment offer;
  • for as long as the work permit is valid, you must be active in the business that submitted the offer of employment;
  • For as long as the work permit is valid, you must be active in the business that submitted the offer of employment;