How long can temporary foreign workers stay in Canada?

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How long can temporary foreign workers stay in Canada?

Through the years, Canada has increased the numbers of temporary foreign workers to fill labour gaps in the country. Of course, the length of the temporary work varies according to the job contract. But it is safe to say that lots of temporary workers in Canada desire to extend their stay in Canada and immigrate as Permanent Residents.

work in canadaTherefore, Statistics Canada released a relevant study about the length of time that temporary foreign workers remain in Canada and their transitions to the permanent resident status. Published on the 29th January 2018, “How temporary were Canada’s temporary foreign workers?” shows that the numbers of temporary workers in Canada rose from 52,000 in 1996 to 310,000 in 2015. This includes people that come to Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program.

And given this increase, the rate and the length of stay of temporary foreign workers in Canada are relevant to immigration and labour market policies. Also, this study is part of a broader program of research on non-permanent residents in Canada, their transitions of status, and their economic outcomes.

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Profile of the temporary foreign workers in Canada

The Statistics Canada study analyzed temporary foreign workers who were between 18 to 64 years old at the time they arrived in Canada and who got their work permit between 1990 and 2009. The researchers followed those individuals for at least five years, and for up to 15 years, after their first admission to Canada. Below, you can see a table about the profile of the temporary foreign workers in Canada through time.

Distributions of temporary foreign workers by the selected predictors of the length and type of stay in Canada
Period of initial arrival
1990 to 1994 1995 to 1999 2000 to 2004 2005 to 2009
percent
Age at arrival
18 to 24 years 23.5 23.8 24 24.5
25 to 34 years 41.5 39.5 40.9 43.7
35 to 44 years 22.1 21.8 21.1 20.4
45 to 64 years 12.8 15 13.9 11.4
Sex
Male 66 69.9 65.1 59.3
Female 34 30.1 34.9 40.7
Gross domestic product per capita in source country
Low 20.4 13.5 19.8 31.8
Medium 10 9.7 9.7 10.6
High 69.6 76.8 70.6 57.6
Official language of source country
Not English or French 29.9 27.5 29.7 32.1
English or French 70.1 72.5 70.3 67.9
Work permit category
Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Live-in Caregiver Program 11.5 4.1 6.7 9.6
Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program 3.7 4 5.9 3.1
Low-skill Pilot 0 0 1.4 10.5
Other, Temporary Foreign Worker Program 22.2 19.2 20.4 18.1
International Mobility Program
International agreements 12.9 19.9 17.7 9.5
Significant benefit 8.8 9.4 7.6 6.4
Reciprocal Employment 19.8 23.6 24.8 31.5
Research- and studies-related 5.6 4 3.8 4.1
Other, International Mobility Program 15.4 15.7 11.8 7.3
number
Total numbers 223,905 264,380 328,535 503,540
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100.0% because of rounding.
Sources: Statistics Canada, Temporary Residents File and Immigrant Landing File, 1990 to 2014.

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Conclusions of the study about temporary foreign workers in Canada

Almost 90% of temporary foreign workers who were still in Canada after 10 years had obtained the permanent resident status. That is one of the most important conclusions of Statistics Canada. Check the highlights of the study in the chart.

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