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Exciting Changes To Hourly Pay For Temporary Foreign Workers

Exciting Changes To Hourly Pay For Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The median hourly wage for the temporary foreign worker program was recently updated by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). It will become effective on 31 May 2023.



It should be noted that international workers are required to submit an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) with their work permit application to seek employment in Canada. You can obtain an LMIA from your Canadian employer.



Employers are advised to apply to ESDC for an LMIA under the low-wage or high-wage stream. The procedure is different for each stream based on the region and pay.

Interestingly, whether the job comes with a higher or lower pay compared to the median hourly wage is determined by the territorial or provincial median hourly pay.

Don’t forget the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) was moved to the LMIA Online Portal on 3 April 2023 to allow people to submit LMIAs effectively.

Median Hourly Wage For Temporary Foreign Worker Program:

Province/territory Median hourly wages

effective May 31, 2023

Median hourly wages

prior to May 31, 2023

Alberta $28.85 $28.85
British Columbia $27.50 $26.44
Manitoba $23.94 $23.00
New Brunswick $23.00 $21.79
Newfoundland and Labrador $25.00 $24.29
Northwest Territories $38.00 $37.30
Nova Scotia $22.97 $22.00
Nunavut $35.90 $36.00
Ontario $27.00 $26.06
Prince Edward Island $22.50 $21.63
Quebec $26.00 $25.00
Saskatchewan $26.22 $25.96
Yukon $35.00 $32.00


We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Canadian immigration.


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