Hiring and Managing Foreign Workers
If you need to hire foreign workers, there are programs available to help you, including the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), the streams of Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP).
Most agricultural employers choose to hire foreign workers by applying to the SAWP or one of the streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This section of the HR Toolkit provides information on how to determine which program stream you may qualify for, how to apply through that stream, and how to meet your obligations as the employer of a foreign worker hired under the program.
- Learn more about the SAWP and the TFWP
- See which stream you may qualify for
- Get assistance in hiring a foreign worker
Special Announcement- December 2, 2019
Further to the Government of Canada’s announcement of the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot, Employment and Social Development Canada is introducing changes that will benefit meat processor employers who are supporting temporary foreign workers in transitioning to permanent residence.As of December 2, 2019, eligible meat processor employers who are supporting a temporary foreign worker’s application for permanent residence can apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) with a two-year employment duration. This includes employers who are hiring workers who will use the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot or existing provincial pathways to permanent residence and will be working in the same occupations and industries that are eligible for the immigration pilot.
To be eligible, employers must be engaged primarily in the manufacturing of meat products (NAICS code 3116), and filling a position in one of the following occupations:
- Retail butchers (NOC B 6331)
- Industrial butchers (NOC C 9462)
- Farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers (NOC B 8252)
- Food processing labourers (NOC D 9617)
In their application, employers will be required to outline how they will support their temporary foreign worker employees in obtaining permanent residence. Employers with unionized workplaces will require a letter of support from the union. Non-unionized employers will have to meet additional requirements to ensure the labour market and migrant workers are protected.
Employers will demonstrate how they meet these requirements by completing a new annex to the Low-wage Stream LMIA application form (Schedule L), which can be downloaded here. Detailed instructions on how to apply can be found within the annex. For those employers requiring a letter of union support, the Program will provide a template that may be used by the union in drafting their letter. This template as well as requirements for the two-year employment duration LMIA will soon be posted on the Program’s website.
To apply, please send the completed LMIA application (including Schedule L and Union Support Letter, if applicable) by mail or fax:
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
ATTN: Meat Processor Pilot
Service Canada LMIA Processing Centre
1001 De Maisonneuve Boulevard East, 4th floor
Montreal QC H2L 4P9
ATTN: Meat Processor Pilot
Please note that Schedule L is required in order to be considered for a two-year employment duration under this pilot. Processing delays will be incurred if all required documentation is not submitted with the application.