The Temporary foreign worker program or TFWP is a program of the Government of Canada to allow employers in Canada to hire foreign nationals to work for their company temporarily on Work Permit.
Temporary foreign workers are admitted to Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program (Government of Canada) with the objectives of addressing short-term labour shortages and advancing Canada’s broad economic and cultural interests. The Statistics Canada reported in January 2018 that the number of temporary foreign workers present in Canada increased from 52,000 in 1996 to 310,000 in 2015
Temporary foreign workers have the same employment rights as Canadian workers. The employers in Canada can hire Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) for their Canadian Company to work in Canada temporarily through a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
A positive LMIA or a confirmation letter grants permission to the employer who proves that there is a need for a foreign worker to fill the job as no Canadian worker is available and that such hiring will not negatively impact the Canadian labour market.