Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada

Recent changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) have made it more difficult for Canadian employers to hire temporary foreign workers from abroad. It is essential for employers to adhere to the requirements of the program, both during the application process, and on an ongoing basis. The consequences of failure to comply can be serious, and can hinder an applicant’s ability to work in Canada going forward.

Our experienced team of immigration professionals can help ensure that employers comply with their obligations under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), and present Labour Market Opinion (LMO) and work permit applications that are strong and likely to be approved. We can also assist workers looking to take advantage of the program to determine their eligibility to work in Canada, assess options, and prepare applications.



Professional Sporting Coach Work Permit (Canada) – February 2015

We had a time sensitive need to fill a technical coaching position with a top water polo coach from Europe.  Warren and his team completed the job in 2 months.  He quarter-backed the strategy from the start and the documents.  When our coach appeared at the border, the officer indicated that he would deny the application because he thought that we needed a special document from the Quebec government.  Warren and his team were on-call throughout, and intervened on an emergency basis to educate the officer why the work permit should be approved as no Quebec document was needed. After verification of this information, the officer finally agreed.  Warren and his team know the rules, and in our case assisted in informing the officer on the Canadian government programs and rules.  Our case may not have been approved without this superb support from Warren and his team. They made the difference. We are happy to have Warren and his team in our corner working for us!

– Martin Goulet
Executive Director
Water Polo Canada

Professional Sporting Coach Work Permit (Canada) – January 2015

“Bringing a foreign worker to Canada as a professional sporting coach on a work permit can have its challenges, particularly on short notice.  Warren and his team did a wonderful job:  from my initial contact with him to the issuance of the work permit was very fast and entirely seamless.  He coached us, and he coached our new worker.  Warren was highly recommended to us by other national sporting organizations as very knowledgeable in the temporary foreign worker program, and with the nuances for professional sporting coaches and athletes in particular.  He can now add Synchro Canada as one of his satisfied customers.”

– Jackie Buckingham
Synchro Canada

Cross-Border Employee Transfers, International Experience Canada (IEC) – January 2015

Our global organization has had a long-standing relationship with Warren and his team.  They have assisted us with all our immigration needs including employee transfers and new recruits all the while being attentive and thorough throughout the process. They have always done excellent work for us, including recently on a case involving a work permit for a recruit from Ireland.  We had thought we would need to use the LMIA temporary foreign worker program, which has its burdens and delays.  But Warren and his team found a better, faster, smoother and more successful way to bring our new recruit to Canada using the International Experience Canada (IEC) program.  We are very grateful to have such a dedicated team of professionals looking after all our organizational immigration needs.

– Lori Mann
Manager, Human Resources

US National NAFTA Investor, Work Permit (Canada) – January 2015

Warren Creates and his team provided me with excellent advice and services. My case is a NAFTA Investor work permit (American investing in Canada), not very common. Canadian immigration officials do not see many of these applications. I had such permit earlier, but it expired, so when I was coming to Canada again, my request to enter Canada was denied. I hired Warren who intervened while I was at the border, and I was granted entry on the spot. Warren and his team guided me.  My new application for a 2-year work permit for my wife and I was approved very quickly by Canadian immigration officials. I highly recommend Warren. He has 29 years of experience doing this specialized work. He is sharp, conscientious, and accessible, has a quick business mind, and gets things done successfully despite hurdles.

– Alex Severinsky

Foreign Worker Recruitment, Technology Company – June 2014

We are a start-up technology company based in Ottawa.  Recruiting specialized foreign workers, and bringing them to Canada quickly, is critical to our success.  Warren and his team have done remarkable work to guide us through the process numerous times, and to make sure that our business plans are on track with visitor visas and work permits.  The Canadian government has plenty of immigration rules and policies which Warren and his team are very familiar with.  Because of their expertise and focus on client-driven results, I strongly recommend them to any technology company.

–          Des Hickey

VP Finance

Solantro Semiconductor Corp.

Professional Athlete Work Permits  – April 2014

Warren and Rovshan, I just wanted to thank you both for all of your wonderful assistance.  I now have all of my foreign professional soccer players in town.  It all worked very nicely. With many thanks for all your help.  Your team is great!!

– Melanie Ireton

Director of Operations

Ottawa Fury Football Club

NAFTA Work Visas  – April 2014

Jacobs Associates is one of the leading tunnel engineering and design firm in the world.  Headquartered in San Francisco, America, we have more than 150 engineers and operate from 17 offices throughout the world.  Warren and his team have for years been providing professional advice and documentation which we have required to successfully get our professional staff into Canada under the provisions of NAFTA for our project consulting work throughout the country.  The immigration rules can be very complicated and challenging.  Warren and his team make the process clear, efficient and successful.  They are very responsive and attentive to the needs of our business, even available 24-7 if our requirements have been off-hours.  I can highly recommend Warren and his team in Ottawa at the Perley-Robertson law firm.  They know the rules, the policy and the nuances, and are very helpful no matter where our workers travel and work.

Denise Thompson

Head of Human Resources

Jacobs Associates

San Francisco, CA United States



What Does the Recent Controversy Mean for Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program? – Warren Creates & Jacqueline BonisteelApril 2013

Recruiting Foreign Workers to Canada

Powerpoint presentation on economic immigration strategies, February 2012 Download


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