Canadian immigration authorities have adjusted the median hourly wage for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The medium hourly wage is a requirement for Labour Market Impact Assessments which are required for most work permit applications under TFWP and job offers for Express Entry programs.

The wage offered to an employee determines if the application will be filed through a low-wage or high-wage stream. Here’s how the wages changed since May 11, 2020.

Province / Territory Median hourly wages

before May 11, 2020

Median hourly wages

after May 11, 2020

Alberta $ 26.67 $ 27.28
British Columbia $ 23.98 $ 25.00
Manitoba $ 21.00 $ 21.60
New Brunswick $ 20.00 $ 20.12
Newfoundland and Labrador $ 22.00 $ 23.00
Northwestern Territories $ 34.00 $ 34.36
Nova Scotia $ 20.00 $ 20.00
Nunavut $ 30.00 $ 32.00
Ontario $ 23.08 $ 24.04
Prince Edward Island $ 19.49 $ 20.00
Quebec $ 22.00 $ 23.08
Saskatchewan $ 24.52 $ 24.55
Yukon $ 30.00 $ 30.00

About Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals to fill temporary labour and skill shortages when qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents are not available.

Work permits issued under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program must be based on a positive or neutral Labour Market Impact Assessment issued by Employment and Social Development Canada (Service Canada).

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