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New Median Wage For Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Last Updated On 17 May 2023, 2:59 PM EDT (Toronto Time)

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has updated the median hourly wage for temporary foreign worker program which will come into effect on May 31, 2023.

To work for an employer in Canada, foreign nationals need to submit an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) from their Canadian employer, along with their work permit application.

Employers must apply to ESDC for a LMIA under the high-wage or low-wage stream, each with their own procedures, depending on the pay and region.

The provincial or territorial median hourly pay determines if the job is being offered at higher pay or lower pay in comparison to the median hourly wage.

The Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has shifted to the LMIA Online Portal as the primary means of submitting LMIAs effective April 3, 2023.

Province-Wise Median Hourly Wage For Temporary Foreign Worker Program Effective May 31

Province/territoryMedian hourly wages
effective May 31, 2023
Median hourly wages
prior to May 31, 2023
British Columbia$27.50$26.44
New Brunswick$23.00$21.79
Newfoundland and Labrador$25.00$24.29
Northwest Territories$38.00$37.30
Nova Scotia$22.97$22.00
Prince Edward Island$22.50$21.63
New Median Hourly Wage For Temporary Foreign Worker Program

LMIA processing times 2023

Below listed are the average LMIA processing times for the month of April 2023.

Application typeAverage processing time
Global Talent Stream9 business days
Agricultural stream13 business days
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program8 business days
Permanent residence stream34 business days
In-home caregivers18 business days
High-wage stream31 business days
Low-wage stream37 business days
LMIA processing times 2023

What is temporary foreign worker program (TFWP)?

Canadian firms can recruit foreign employees under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program when they are unable to find competent workers within Canada.

Through its Service Canada processing centres, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) evaluates employer requests to hire temporary foreign workers and conducts Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) to determine the likely impact on the Canadian labour market.

The Program examines regional and occupation-specific labour market data, employers’ recruiting and advertising activities, pay and working conditions, labour shortages, and the transfer of skills and knowledge to Canadians.

After evaluation, ESDC issues LMIA to the employer and allow them to hire a foreign worker.

Where can I find Temporary Foreign Worker LMIA Employers List

Here is the latest official list of Employers who have been issued positive LMIAs so far.

LMIA Employers List 2022 Q4 (October – December)
LMIA Employers List 2022 Q3 (July – September)

What is LMIA Online Portal?

The LMIA Online Portal is reliable tool to let Canadian employers and their representatives submit LMIA applications to Service Canada.

The Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will use the LMIA Online Portal to file LMIAs starting April 3, 2023.


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