Third-Party Recruiters/Immigration Representatives
Third-party organizations that offer immigration and staffing services are a vital resource for those employers that do not have the necessary capacity to carry out the recruitment process themselves. There are several ways in which to connect with qualified Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW):
- Government departments located in labour-sending countries: for example, the Ministry of Labour.
- Private entities such as immigration consultants and recruitment/staffing agencies.
- Intergovernmental organizations such as the Intergovernmental Organization for Migration (IMO) whose mandate is to promote humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all.
- The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) provides a registry of certified consultants on their website and regulates the activities of its fee-based members that provide immigration services.
- The best way to find TFWs is to contact individual companies that you know are hiring TFWs and inquire into their recruitment practices.
The following resources may be useful for employers considering the use of a third-party recruiter:
- Guide for Employers Using Employment Agencies (Alberta) – This Alberta-based guide contains information relevant for use in any province, including a helpful employer checklist.
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada – This website contains information on immigration consultants with both employer and foreign worker clients, and provides information relevant for employers considering third-party recruiters to aid workers with work permits and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
It is important to note that it is unethical – and in most cases illegal – for third parties to charge service fees to prospective workers, regardless of whether or not these agencies are based in Canada.
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