Temporary Foreign Workers

Helping Temporary Foreign Workers understand their rights and get help when facing unsafe working conditions.

Services and information

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

Find information and resources to help Temporary Foreign Workers adapt to working in Alberta.

Temporary Foreign Workers Advisory Office

Alberta’s Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Advisory Office helps temporary foreign workers, international students (with work authorization) and employers understand their rights and find solutions to situations involving unfair, unsafe or unhealthy working conditions.

Advisory offices are located in Calgary and Edmonton along public transportation routes for easy access. Clients can contact an advisory office by calling, via email or by visiting in person.


Services provided by the office include:

  • responding to complaints, questions and requests for information
  • assessing reports of abuse and making referrals to the correct authority
    • this includes helping temporary foreign workers who are experiencing abuse to complete applications for open work permits such as the Vulnerable Worker Open Work Permit
  • working with agencies to ensure safe, fair and healthy workplaces
  • helping temporary foreign workers find resources
  • outreach services across Alberta, including
    • facilitating information sessions for temporary foreign workers, international students (with work authorization), employers and other stakeholders
    • arranging in-person appointments with clients
    • helping clients understand their rights and responsibilities while working and living in Alberta

All services are free and confidential.

Online information sessions

The TFW Advisory Office also offers online information sessions for temporary foreign workers, international students and employers.

Participants have the opportunity to learn about office services, available resources, their rights and responsibilities and ask questions to an advisor.

An online information session can be arranged for your group by emailing lbr.tfwao@gov.ab.ca or by contacting the Calgary or Edmonton office.


Email: lbr.tfwao@gov.ab.ca

South location – Calgary

Phone: 403-476-4540


Suite 150, 717-7 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2P 0Z3

North location – Edmonton

Phone: 780-644-2584


2nd Floor, 9925 Building
9925 109 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2J8

Temporary Foreign Worker Helpline

You can contact the Temporary Foreign Worker Helpline toll-free throughout most of the world at 1-877-944-9955, with the following exceptions:

  • China (North): 108007141500
  • Chine (South): 108001401372
  • Mexico: 0018005145713
  • Philippines: 18001110151
  • Thailand: 0018001562045713

For information, support and referrals, see Resources for Temporary Foreign Workers.