Hiring temporary foreign workers

Foreign workers in B.C. are protected from unfair practices under the Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act. If you're a foreign worker with concerns about recruitment or employment, you can file a complaint.

Hiring temporary foreign workers

Employers must register
to hire foreign workers

Employers can hire foreign workers to fill temporary labour and skill shortages. Most employers hire a foreign worker through the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Register to hire foreign workers

Foreign worker recruiters
must be licensed

Recruiters help employers in B.C. find foreign workers. Individual recruiters must be licensed in B.C., even if their business or main operations are located outside of the province.

Apply for a recruiter's licence

See a list of employers and recruiters

If you will be working in B.C. under most federal foreign worker programs, your employer must be registered. Employers must only use licensed foreign worker recruiters.

Search employers and recruiters