Is the Temporary Foreign Worker Program right for your business?

For many farm operations, worker shortages continue to bring headaches. The federal government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) remains a mainstay in a tight labour market when the Canadian agriculture and food industries can’t fill their human resources needs domestically.

TFWP is jointly managed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and helps employers hire foreign nationals for temporary work.

Is the TFWP right for your farm or business? Use this checklist to explore some of the requirements.

Under the program, employers must:

  • be actively engaged in the business, and be providing a good or service related to the job offer made to the temporary foreign worker and may be required to make efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker
  • provide temporary foreign workers with the same wages and benefits as those provided to Canadian and permanent resident employees working in the same occupation
  • pay for the temporary foreign worker’s round-trip transportation costs (to and from their country of permanent residence) and, if required, provide no-cost transportation to and from the job site
  • provide suitable and affordable housing, either on-site or off-site
  • pay for the temporary foreign worker’s private health insurance, and ensure coverage by the provincial or territorial workplace safety insurance provider, where required by law