Methods of Hiring A Foreign Worker

Depending on the job you are offering, there are three methods of hiring a foreign worker:

(1) using a Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) Temporary Work Visa

(2) through a Provincial Nominee Program, and

(3) through the Federal Immigration Program. These concepts are explained below:

1. HRDC Temporary Work Visa

Skilled professionals are ready to work in CanadaIf you are looking for an employee for seasonal, contractual or temporary employment, or Information Technology (IT) worker, the process of hiring is as follows:

    You will have to demonstrate that there are no Canadian residents currently available to fill the position. This can be demonstrated by advertising the position in newspapers, trade magazines and with the HRDC national job bank online at:

    Make sure keep all advertising records and any response records.

    There are certain occupations, such as Registered Nurses and IT workers, that HRDC is aware there is a short supply of qualified Canadians to fill. Many more categories exist. Advertising for these positions is not required by HRDC. Contact for more information. Many of these positions have undergone regulation changes within the last few months. CdnWork looks after all details for you.

    Contact and we will locate the qualified employee who matches your position and timing requirements. You can also search the realtime database on this web site to see if any of our current candidates match your requirements, or if we will be required to locate a qualified candidate.

    Once the qualified candidate is located, will assist both you and the employee in filling out all necessary application forms for the country of origin and the government of Canada.

    Upon acceptance of the application, you must prepare an employment contract that meets Provincial and Federal Government guidelines. For an outline of the Employment Standard for each Province in Canada, click on the appropriate link below:

    For your convenience, you can also download an employment contract template from the following link in PDF format:

    Employment Contract Template Form

    Once the applications are accepted by both governments, the employee receives the temporary work visa and assists with the travel arrangements to relocate the employee to Canada. The employee and the employer are responsible for negotiating the payment of the Visas, the travel expenses and any associated relocation costs.

    During the term of the temporary work visa, follows up with both the employer and employee to ensure that all expectations have been met.

NOTE: Our service is free to employers. Also, once you have registered as an employer with, your registration information is maintained in our database and your next application is expedited.

Expected Processing Times for temporary employees is up to four months, depending on the type of worker and country of origin.

2. Hiring through British Columbia's Provincial Nominee Program

The BC PNP is an immigration program that allows the Province of B.C. to choose a limited number of immigrants to meet provincial economic needs. For these individuals and businesses, the BC PNP will significanty speed up the immigration process.

For thorough details, visit website of the Provincial Nominee Program at:

Expected Processing Times under the Provincial Nominee Program is six to twelve months, depending on the type of job offer and country of origin for the employee.

3. Hiring through Canada's Federal Immigration Program

For foreign workers who qualify under the Independent Immigrant Program, will assist the employee and you through the Federal Immigration process. For more information on the Independent Immigration Program, visit the Canadian Immigration Canada web site:

Main Web Site:
Direct Link:

Expected Processing Times for temporary employees is typically less than 6 months, and depends on the nature of the job offer and the country of origin for the employee.

Regardless of which method of hiring you choose, your job offer must be Certified or approved by HRDC, and will assist you with the certification/approval process.

Typical Relocation Costs

You, the employer, and the employee must negotiate payment of the employee's relocation costs, which include:

As a value-added service, assists the employee and their family members to locate a suitable residence in Canada.