How it Works

The program is a partnership between FNA and ILC Canada. ILC Canada delivers the recruitment services and works with a certified Immigration Consultant to handle the regulatory work / filling requirements of the government.

Using the program involves

  • Completing an “Initial Request” which sets out your basic requirements.
  • You will make a deposit which FNA will ensure is refunded if the program is not successful in recruiting an appropriate candidate for your job opening.
  • Receiving a call from ILC Canada to finalize your requirements, which will result in the “ILC Canada Work Request” form. You should receive a copy of this form to double-check that it contains accurate and relevant information. NOTE: the total cost of your program will depend almost entirely on the details of your consultation with the recruitment agency (ILC), as it will determine the employee class and the respective government-set wage amounts and relocation costs, if any.
  • Receiving a call from an Immigration Consultant, a necessary step to satisfy government requirements. This call will provide the basis of the legal/regulatory applications. (Note you are free to use an immigration consultant of your choosing, if you prefer to use someone outside the program).
  • You may receive a call from provincial and/or federal government offices verifying information that you provided on your application.

While the procedural things are in process, ILC will already have in its portfolio, or be actively finding, suitable candidates based on the discussions with you that completed the Work Request.

The Process

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Timeline

Months
Activities
Duration
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Placing order & contract signing (with employers)
2 weeks
Advertising for
LMIA
2-4 weeks min
LMIA application processing
1,5-3 months
Naming candidates on LMIA approval
2-4 weeks
*Prescreening of applicants for specific employer
2-4 weeks
Interviews and job offers signing
2-3 weeks
Language test by successful candidates
1,5 month
**Visa application processing (incl. medicals)
2 months
Travel arrangements
1 week
Arrivals

*If requirements are more or less standard and we have such applicants in our data base
**applicable to visa-required candidates. “Visa” period will be cut for some candidates from visa-exempt EU countries.
Note: If we sign a contract with employer in October, a worker will be arriving late March-April the following year.

Budget

Recruitment budget PER 1 WORKER (Can vary by particular circumstance)

The following tables are examples intended to demonstrate how you should budget for the entire process. So in the case of the second table reflecting a low-skill worker, you would need to enter correct amounts for airfare and accommodation if required. The first column of each is the Total of all the other items.

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*LMIA application service fee is per occupation regardless of # of positions
If submitting 2+ LMIA applications at the same time (one job order), every next application will be $200 off

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*LMIA application service fee is per occupation regardless of # of positions
If submitting 2+ LMIA applications at the same time (one job order), every next application will be $200 off

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*LMIA application service fee is per occupation regardless of # of positions
If submitting 2+ LMIA applications at the same time (one job order), every next application will be $200 off
**LMIA processing fee payable to Service Canada does not apply to mechanics

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*LMIA application service fee is per occupation regardless of # of position, $1000 government processing fee will apply to ag mechanic only
**Immigration (visa) services provided to the worker can be paid either by the worker or by the employer
All immigration services are optional, i.e. The worker may choose to do his/her application independently

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*LMIA application service fee is per occupation regardless of # of position, $1000 government processing fee will apply to ag mechanic only
**Immigration (visa) services provided to the worker can be paid either by the worker or by the employer
All immigration services are optional, i.e. The worker may choose to do his/her application independently

Wage Ranges

The following are for example purposes only. Minimum wages are set by governments.

NOCs and wages

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 Ag Stream VS Regular Low-skill Stream

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For more information:*LMIA, immigration services fee and recruitment apply regardless of which category is chosen if 3d Party is retained
*Accomodation for Regular Stream low-skilled workers has to be provided at a cost of not more than 30% of employee’s salary
*Employers must provide proof that the on-farm or off-site housing has been inspected by an authorized inspector

Employment and Social Development Canada
NOCs and duties descriptions
Citizenship and Immigration Canada – Labour Market Opinion (LMO) Basics 
Working in Canada – Wages