Internationally Trained Worker
The programs below can assist employers in recruiting and retaining foreign workers where Canadians or permanent residents cannot be found for the job.
- offer a full-time job to support a skilled worker’s immigration to Canada,
- hire a foreign worker, or
- offer a paid internship to a permanent resident or new Canadian citizen.
In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched a new online immigration application system called Express Entry. Applicants will need to submit an Express Entry profile to CIC if they meet the minimum criteria for these federal programs:
You can hire a skilled worker to fill vacancies on a permanent basis when you cannot find any Canadians or permanent residents for the job. Find out how to hire a worker through Express Entry, Canada’s new application management system for skilled workers, launched on January 1, 2015.
Through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program, you can hire foreign nationals to work temporarily. You can hire foreign workers who are abroad or who are already in Canada.
You can fill skilled labour shortages by hiring a permanent resident or new Canadian citizen as an intern through the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program.
Consider hiring a Francophone worker for a job outside Quebec. You could get hands-on support to find the candidate you need to fill a vacant position.
International Experience Canada
With today’s labour shortages and labour demands, it can sometimes be difficult to recruit employees. International Experience Canada (IEC) programs offer a solution for businesses.
International Experience Canada programs, operated by the Government of Canada, enable thousands of students and young professionals, between the ages of 18 and 35, to come and work temporarily in Canada.
For employers, IEC programs provide access to a pool of qualified professionals who are able to come and work without the employer involvement in the visa/work permit process or the Labor Market Opinion (LMO).
There are four different International Experience Canada program categories:
- This category is for young professionals who wish to improve their competencies, under a specified working contract.
- This category is for students who wish to have a practical internship within the framework of their studies.
- This category is intended for young professionals wishing to visit and experience Canadian culture, while being authorized to work to supplement their financial needs.
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
The AINP is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It supports Alberta’s economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.
Individuals nominated by the Government of Alberta, together with their spouse/common-law partner and dependent children, can apply for permanent residence through CIC as a Provincial Nominee. CIC makes final decisions on all Provincial Nominee permanent resident applications.
The AINP offers options for both skilled and semi-skilled workers. In addition, there are options to apply on your own, or with your employer. Review the available streams and categories below and choose the best option for you. Be sure to also review the information on this page on individuals who are not eligible to apply to the AINP.
Strategic Recruitment Stream
Apply on your own (without an employer) under one of three different category options:
Strategic Recruitment Stream – Compulsory and Optional Trades Category
You may qualify if you are a temporary foreign worker and have a valid trade certificate in a compulsory or optional trade in Alberta issued or recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT).
The AINP Employer-Driven Stream is for:
- Alberta Employers who want to retain a foreign worker (Candidate) on a permanent, full-time basis where there is a challenge finding Albertans/Canadians to fill the position.
- Candidates (foreign workers) with a permanent, full-time job offer from an Alberta Employer who intend to live and work in Alberta permanently.
Employer-Driven Stream – Skilled Worker Category
You may qualify, if you have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible skilled occupation.
Employer-Driven Stream, Semi-Skilled Worker Category
You may qualify for nomination if you have been offered a permanent and full-time job by an Alberta employer in an eligible semi-skilled occupation, and you are a temporary foreign worker.
Only select key industries and occupations are eligible in this category, and all candidates must meet minimum language standards.
ITA partners with Aboriginal and various other community service providers, training providers and industry partners to deliver entry level (pre-apprenticeship) trades programs. These programs are funded from the Canada-BC Job Fund Agreement (CFJ), which replaced the Labour Market Agreement.
Under the Canada Jobs Fund Agreement, programs previously funded through the Labour Market Agreement fall under the new Employment Services and Supports (ESS) programs. The new programs will start after June 1, 2015 and the ITA’s Women in Trades, Immigrants in Trades and Aboriginal People in Trades will form part of these new services. The current programs continue to serve individuals while this transition takes place.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
The BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an economic immigration program designed to help B.C. meet its evolving labour market needs. The program helps employers attract and retain qualified foreign workers who have the skills and experience to contribute to B.C.’s economy. It also selects entrepreneurs ready to invest in our economy and create jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
The PNP is operated by the Province of B.C. in partnership with the federal government through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The PNP assesses applications and nominates candidates for permanent residence, after which CIC makes the final decision on each application and issues permanent resident visas to successful applicants.
Skills Immigration category of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an employer-driven immigration program designed to help B.C. businesses attract and retain skilled international workers and students to meet their human resources needs. This stream is also designed for individuals who would like to live and work in B.C. and become permanent residents of Canada.
Manitoba Start has on file hundreds of internationally experienced workers and professionals who have already moved to Winnipeg through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. These newcomers undergo orientation and training to ensure they are job-ready for the Manitoba workplace.
- Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program: strategic recruitment initiatives and the skilled worker in Manitoba stream
- In 2015, the MPNP will continue to grow and contribute to Manitoba’s economy and labour force growth. Manitoba’s online application system continues to serve both skilled workers and businesses.
- Employer Direct helps Manitoba employers source internationally trained and experienced skilled staff
- Temporary Foreign Workers: Register your business and learn more about the temporary foreign worker program.
The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is a provincial immigration program made possible through an agreement with the Government of Canada. As an economic program, the NBPNP selects, and nominates, qualified business people and skilled workers from around the world who will live in New Brunswick and contribute to the local economy.
Immigration Program Officers review applications based on eligibility requirements and selection factors. You must meet eligibility requirements. You should also be aware that meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee nomination. Priority will be given to Applicants who have the greatest potential to become economically established in New Brunswick. To determine if you meet the requirements of the Program, carefully review the information in this Guide before submitting your application.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program seeks to recruit immigrants who have specialized occupational or entrepreneurial skills that are needed in this province. Through an agreement with the Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador may nominate immigrants for permanent resident status. The Provincial Nominee Program is rapidly growing and can offer opportunities for employers to attend recruitment missions in other countries where highly skilled workers and prospective immigrants can be reached.
Employers can also consider building an employment partnership with the Association for New Canadians. Learn more about AXIS, ANC’s employment services program that can help match employers with newcomers who are ready to work.
The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) is an immigration program operated on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to fast-track the processing of an application for permanent residency.
The NTNP helps strengthen the NWT economy by attracting qualified individuals to fill critical labour shortages and promote business development. The NTNP can assist employers in recruiting and retaining foreign workers and can help foreign workers and their families make the NWT their permanent home.
Individuals nominated by the NWT are eligible to apply for permanent residency through CIC as part of the Provincial Nominee stream. The processing of a nominee’s application for permanent residence through CIC is generally faster than other immigration classes. CIC makes final decisions on the applications.
The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration is able to nominate candidates for Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry system through the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream. This stream is a pilot project.
The Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry selects highly skilled individuals who wish to live in the Province of Nova Scotia permanently and either have a permanent full-time job offer from a Nova Scotia employer or have a reasonable ability to attach quickly to Nova Scotia’s labour market.
Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program is an immigration program through which Ontario nominates individuals and their families for permanent resident status based on a pre-approved job offer in the province. The Government of Ontario established Opportunities Ontario to help employers succeed in the global competition for talent. Opportunities Ontario has a target of 5,200 nominations in 2015, this includes nominations for both Opportunities Ontario and Express Entry.
Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program is designed in part to assist employers who are having difficulty recruiting qualified, skilled workers in Ontario.
International Student With Job Offer Stream:
- If you are an international student with a permanent full-time job offer, you may be able to apply to Opportunities Ontario for nomination as a permanent resident, under this stream of the International Student Category. For more information, visit the International Student With Job Offer Stream.
The Office of Immigration, Settlement and Population is responsible for the delivery of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP).
The PEI PNP is a Federal-Provincial partnership between the Province of Prince Edward Island and the Government of Canada, represented by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
The PEI PNP enables the Province of Prince Edward Island to nominate potential newcomer applicants to CIC for Permanent Residency to Canada.
The following is a typical procedure based on the experiences of other temporary workers. Take the time to read it. It will give you an idea of the steps you need to take to work in Québec temporarily.
In most instances, your employer will take the initial steps required. The standard procedure also describes what the individuals will have to do in order to reside in Québec. This procedure ends with an application for permanent residence, for those that decide to immigrate to Québec permanently.
Information for Employers (French only)
7-step procedure for Temporary Workers
- Finding out about Québec and various aspects of temporary work
Are you interested in residing in Québec to work? Get the facts about subjects specifically related to temporary workers in Québec, and do not forget all the other aspects of life in Québec society. You will appreciate your stay all the more for it!
- Obtaining the authorizations to work temporarily in Québec
An employer in Québec has offered you a job. Your plans to immigrate are taking shape and you would like to obtain the authorizations to reside in Québec. Take note of the steps your employer must follow and those that you have to take on your own.
- Preparing for your stay in Québec
Soon you will be discovering new horizons. You will be leaving for Québec where you have decided to reside in order to work. In the meantime, make the best of this interval by preparing Your temporary stay in Québec will be that much easier.
- Arriving in Québec and settling in
This section provides all the information you need to help you settle
- Obtaining new authorizations for temporary work once in Québec
Your employer wants to extend your employment contract? You wish to change employer ? You must obtain new authorizations in order to continue working temporarily in Québec. Take note of the steps you need to follow.
- Staying in Québec permanently
You are presently residing in Québec as a temporary worker and have decided that you would like to stay here permanently. Find out about the steps you have to follow to submit an immigration application.
- Taking steps towards your successful integration into Québec
Once you have obtained permanent residence, you can benefit from the services offered by the government and its partner organizations to facilitate your integration.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program
The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) can provide an alternate means of entry into Canada. It allows Saskatchewan to nominate applicants, who qualify under criteria established by the province, to the federal government for permanent residency. There is no deadline to apply to the SINP. However, program criteria may change without notice and your application will be assessed according to the criteria in place at the time we receive your complete application.
International Skilled Worker Category
The International Skilled Worker category is for skilled workers who want to work and live in Saskatchewan. This category enables the SINP to nominate individuals who have the education, skilled work experience, language ability and other factors to help them to successfully establish and integrate into Saskatchewan’s labour market and communities. Streams under this category include the following:
International Skilled Worker – Employment Offer Sub-Category
Under this sub-category, skilled workers with an offer of skilled employment from a Saskatchewan employer may be eligible to apply for nomination by the SINP.
International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category
Under this sub-category, skilled workers who do not have an employment offer but are highly skilled in an occupation that is in-demand in Saskatchewan may be eligible to apply for nomination by the SINP.
International Skilled Worker – Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category
Under this sub-category, skilled workers that are in Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry Pool may be eligible to apply for nomination by the SINP.
The Yukon Nominee Program Application Handbook provides details about how to apply. It describes the immigration process, eligibility requirements and documentation requirements.
The Yukon Nominee Program was developed to allow the Government of Yukon to nominate potential immigrants based on industrial and economic priorities and labour market conditions; and who, based on Yukon’s assessment, have a strong likelihood of successfully establishing themselves in Yukon society.
There are three programs the Yukon Nominee Program offers: the Skilled Worker Program, the Critical Impact Worker Program and the Business Program. Please link to the categories listed to find out more information on each program:
- The Yukon Business Nominee Program is designed to attract business expertise and investment capital to the territory.
- Skilled Worker Program/ Critical Impact Worker Program
The Yukon Skilled Worker Program is designed to attract qualified individuals who can help alleviate the shortage of skilled workers in the Territory who cannot be found within the current territorial or national labour market.
- The Critical Impact Worker Program and the Skilled Worker Programs are employer-driven; designed to assist Yukon employers, sectors or governments to identify and nominate potential qualified immigrants to fill positions that cannot be filled by the territorial or national labour market.
- The Critical Impact Worker Program provides Yukon employers with the means to fill semi-skilled jobs in the levels of C and D of the National Occupational Code Matrix.
Hiring Immigrants: Recruiting, retaining and promoting skilled immigrants