Whether you are a business owner who is looking to fill a labour shortage with committed, reliable employees OR you are a family who requires care for your children and/or elderly parents, Guardian is here to help you.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is a great solution for many businesses and individuals as it provides you with an option to fill those staffing needs when you are unable to find qualified Canadians to do so. The government is changing the program on a regular basis so even if you think the program won’t work for you, contact us to confirm either way. It’s our business to be well versed on the most current updates to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, so let us help you determine if it will work for you. The process may seem very daunting but with our knowledgeable and experienced staff at Guardian, you can be assured that it will be as easy and stress free as possible.

Following several requirements that need to be met, you are ultimately looking for the government to approve you as an employer to hire a Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW). This comes in the form of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). In many cases this LMIA is required before the foreign worker can apply for a work permit to begin working for your business or family.


The LMIA process can take anywhere from a couple of months up to six months or more depending on the volume of applications that Service Canada is dealing with at any given time. Add to that the time it will take the foreign worker to get their work permit approved and you are looking at several months to complete the entire process to a point where your employee can legally work for you. Processing times change on a regular basis so being prepared, planning ahead and giving yourself enough time to get the process done will ultimately be less stressful for everyone involved.

Whether you have already identified a foreign worker that you want to hire or you are still searching, contact Guardian to start the process for you. We will thoroughly discuss costs, timing, the steps in the process, beginning with advertising requirements that we take care of initiating for you given Service Canada’s strict requirements, what supporting documents we will require and the application that we need to complete before submission. We will also help prepare you for the Service Canada interview that sometimes can be quite intimidating.

Obtaining the LMIA approval is the first step in the process of hiring the foreign worker. Once that LMIA is in place, your foreign worker will need it as part of the supporting documentation for their work permit application. If your foreign worker would like assistance applying for their work permit or you, as the employer, want to ensure that it is done correctly without unnecessary delays, please contact us as Guardian also provides work permit processing as part of its many services available to you.

It’s hard to put a price on the peace of mind that having a dedicated, hardworking, reliable employee would bring and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program can help you achieve this. We look forward to working with you!