Resources for employers of Temporary Foreign Workers

Information, programs and resources for Alberta employers to hire, train and retain Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW).

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Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers

Employers must follow a specific process and meet requirements when hiring a TFW in Alberta.

The following resources outline these conditions:

Using an employment agency or recruiter

Any person assisting an employer in securing or attempting to secure individuals for employment in Alberta, including TFWs, must be licensed as an Employment Agency Business under the Consumer Protection Act.

Employment agencies are prohibited from charging a job seeker any fees related to the securing of employment.

The following resources will assist employers looking for a qualified employment agency:

After a TFW is hired

After hiring a TFW, retaining their services can be very valuable to employers. Having a successful settlement plan in place for foreign workers will help them integrate into the workplace.

Employment Standards

Phone: 780-427-3731
Toll free: 1-877-427-3731

Occupational Health and Safety

Phone: 780-415-8690 (Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-866-415-8690


For employers interested in helping temporary foreign workers gain permanent residency in the province, the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) can help make the immigration process go faster.


Phone: You can contact the Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Office toll-free throughout most of the world at 1-877-944-9955, with the following exception:

Email: [email protected]

Office hours: 8:15 am – 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday)
Closed weekends and general holidays