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/territory||Median hourly wages |
effective May 31, 2023
|Median hourly wages|
prior to May 31, 2023
|Newfoundland and Labrador||$25.00||$24.29|
|Prince Edward Island||$22.50||$21.63|
LMIA processing times 2023
Below listed are the average LMIA processing times for the month of April 2023.
|Application type||Average processing time|
|Global Talent Stream||9 business days|
|Agricultural stream||13 business days|
|Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program||8 business days|
|Permanent residence stream||34 business days|
|In-home caregivers||18 business days|
|High-wage stream||31 business days|
|Low-wage stream||37 business days|
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)