Trouble finding workers? Maybe it’s time to look abroad.

Employment and Labour

As uncertainty grows in the labour market and the need for skilled workers continues to increase, many employers are finding themselves with too much work and not enough help.   A recent poll suggests that 47% of employers in Canada are facing a potential shortage of qualified employees, this is up over 12% from 2020. This number balloons up to a massive 72% for the agricultural and specialized skills fields.  If you find yourself in need of workers, it may be time to start thinking outside the box and explore the Temporary Foreign Worker program.  

Thousands of skilled workers are looking to immigrate to Canada every year, yet many employers are not aware of the requirements to bring these highly motivated and skilled workers to their companies.  

To employ a temporary foreign worker a Canadian employer must show:

  1. That there is a labour or skills deficiency in the Canadian market; and
  2. That they have made all reasonable efforts to recruit a Canadian citizen for the position.

These requirements are satisfied through completing a Labour Market Impact Assessment.  Once this assessment is complete, a Canadian employer can choose to post and hire off of a federal job board or they can extend an offer to a known foreign worker that satisfies their hiring requirements.  Most temporary foreign workers are limited to four years of working in Canada. They also have the chance to apply for a permanent residence during their time in Canada.

If you have questions or you are finding it hard to obtain qualified employees, Lindsay Kenney LLP can help.  We can assist you with the federal or provincial documentation required to hire employees and we can submit the package on your behalf, utilizing our vast network of contacts. 

For more information on the Temporary Foreign Worker program or for assistance with utilizing this program to help grow your workforce, please contact Braeden Wiens at [email protected] or 778-289-9501


Braeden Wiens, Lawyers Vancouver, LK Law Braeden Wiens
Associate | Employment & Labour