Recruitment Options When Workers Cannot Be Found Locally

When local avenues have been exhausted, the Employer Engagement Unit will work with you to determine a suitable effective recruitment method for hiring internationally-trained workers for your particular labour need(s).

Eligible Manitoba employers who are challenged with attracting and retaining skilled workers allowing their businesses to meet the skill shortages or increase productivity through business growth and becoming more competitive in global markets are encouraged to contact the Employer Engagement Unit.

Overseas recruitment options may include:

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (LMIA) and Strategic Recruitment Overview
Temporary Foreign Worker Program MPNP Strategic Recruitment
Eligibility
  • Advertise for a minimum of four consecutive weeks within the three months prior to submitting a Labour Market Impact Assessment application and maintain advertising continually until a decision on the application is finalized
  • Provide copies of the advertisements and information to support where, when and for how long the position was advertised
  • Provide proof that the print media and websites used to advertise targeted an audience that has the appropriate education, professional experience or skill level required for the occupation
  • Wages offered to temporary foreign workers should be similar to wages paid to Canadian and permanent residents
  • Advertise for a minimum of four consecutive weeks prior to contacting the Employer Engagement Unit and maintain advertising continually until a worker is found until a decision on the application is finalized
  • Contact Manitoba Start- Job Matching Unit to determine if you can find the skills needed among the pool of recently arrived immigrants to Manitoba
  • Provide copies of the advertisements and information to support where, when and for how long the position was advertised
  • Ensure the positions are not seasonal in nature, are full-time and long-term, are salary or hourly based vs. commission-based earnings, have a commercial space location, and are not selling the business to the foreign worker being recruited
Process
  • Advertise for one month
  • Complete LMIA Application and Transition Plan or Cap calculation
  • Pay processing fees $1,000 per position (5 positions = $5,000)
  • Maintain advertisements while LMIA assessment is in process
  • Advertise for one month
  • Complete the Strategic Recruitment Information Form and develop a human resource plan to address immediate and long -term goals
  • Register your business with Manitoba Start and consult with their Job Matching Unit
  • Contact the Employer Engagement Unit to schedule a meeting to review the SRIF, human resource plan and proof of advertising
Outcomes
  • Service Canada will assess LMIA application on the basis of labour market need. If Service Canada confirms a labour market need is valid the employer is authorized to source worker(s) to fill the position(s)
  • Service Canada confirmations are intended to meet the immediate need of the employer and will not be considered to meet business growth potential
  • If Service Canada does not confirm the labour market need, the processing fees are not refunded
  • Labour Market confirmations are valid for six months
  • Selected workers apply for their work permit through IRCC
  • Employer Engagement will assess human resource needs to determine if recruitment of workers will result in a positive labour market impact. Employer Engagement will also determine which option may best address human resource needs
  • Ongoing need of workers spaced out through the year can be effectively managed through Strategic Recruitment – Employer Demand
  • When employer needs are for larger recruitment of workers for a defined timeline, recruitment can be effectively managed through an Overseas Recruitment Mission. Overseas Recruitment Missions are subject to available resources and departmental approval
  • Wages offered to temporary foreign workers should be similar to wages paid to Canadian and permanent resident; or wage should be consistent with prevailing wage in geographical area where employer is situated
  • Wage being paid must be at least $13.50 per hour
Temporary-to-Permanent Process
  • Temporary Foreign Worker receives Work permit issued by IRCC. Cost of the work permit is $155
  • TFW arrives in Manitoba and commences working for employer. TFW is eligible for Manitoba Health Care Services if their Work permit is valid for a minimum of one year or longer. Spouses of TFW’s in NOC 0, A,B positions are entitled to an open work permit at a cost of $255
  • After six months employment, TFW may be eligible to submit an application to be considered for Permanent Residency through the MPNP as a Skilled Worker in Manitoba (SWM). Employers must confirm the employment will continue and they support the candidate’s application for permanent residency
  • Upon successfully submitting an application to MPNP and receiving a certificate of nomination, the worker can submit an application for permanent residency to IRCC
  • Average processing time from MPNP to Permanent Residency is 18 – 24 months
  • Candidates are nominated for permanent immigration
  • Successful foreign workers who have been interviewed as part of an Overseas Recruitment Mission or Employer Demand will be invited to apply to the MPNP and receive 500 points towards their Expression of Interest (EOI) profile. When submitting their application to the MPNP they will pay a $500 application fee
  • Nominated workers will submit an application for permanent residency to the government of Canada IRCC and will also receive a Work Permit Support Letter allowing them to apply for an LMIA exempt work permit. Employers will complete the government of Canada’s Employer Portal registration and pay the $230 compliance fee
  • Workers will be able to get their work permits and come forward to work while their Application for Permanent Residency is in process in the background. Spouses are also eligible to receive an open work permit
  • Average processing time from MPNP to Permanent Residency is 18 – 24 months, but workers can arrive in Manitoba within four months after nomination