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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Temporary foreign workers in Canada salaries steadily increases


Temporary foreign workers in Canada salaries steadily increases

The current economic environment provides a potential opportunity for pay increases that exceed inflation for Canadian employees that are interested in coming to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).


According to the Federal government’s website “wages offered to temporary foreign workers should be similar to wages paid to Canadian and permanent resident employees hired for the same job and work location, and with similar skills and years of experience.”


Thus, all employers must pay temporary workers competitive salaries under the TFWP regardless of which stream they use to recruit foreign employees. In order to hire a Temporary Foreign Worker, employers must follow all of the requirements of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.


In addition, employers must ensure they are offering a full-time position to a temporary foreign worker, which means that they must work at least 30 hours per week. Also, if you wish to hire a temporary foreign worker through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, you may choose to have a third-party representative act on your behalf.


However, you must authorize any paid representative to collect an amount of money or any other form of payment on your behalf if you are applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment.


Therefore, an authorized third-party representative should be:

  • a member in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society or students-at-law under their supervision, or the Chambre des notaires du Québec

  • a paralegal in the Province of Ontario’s law society

  • a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council


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