ACCESSING WORKERS

TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS

Helping producers meet critical labour needs

There are four programs through which an employer can hire a temporary foreign worker (TFW) in Canada. Each program has specific criteria that must be met. Temporary foreign workers help BC producers meet their labour needs during peak agricultural periods when Canadian workers and permanent residents are not available. The Government of Canada sets the rules and requirements for Canadian employers wanting to access foreign workers. WALI works primarily with the Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program and to a lesser degree, the Agricultural (Ag) Stream. Detailed information on program requirements and how to apply for workers can be found on the Government of Canada's website, here.


Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)

  • The TFWs hired must be citizens from Mexico or participating Caribbean countries.
  • The production must be in specific commodity sectors.
  • The activity must be related to on farm primary agriculture.

  • View the SAWP 2022 contracts click here for the Mexican contract or click here for the Caribbean contract.

    Learn more about SAWP here.

    Agricultural Stream

  • The production must be in specific commodity sectors; and
  • The activity must be related to on-farm primary agriculture.
  • View the AgStream 2022 contract here.

    Learn more about the Agricultural Stream here.


    Stream for Low-Wage Positions

  • Production is not included on the National Commodities List
  • Temporary foreign workers can be hired for a low-wage agricultural position
  • Learn more about the Stream for Low-Wage Positions here.

    Stream for High-Wage Positions

  • Production is not included on the National Commodities List
  • Temporary foreign worker can be hired for any high-wage agricultural position
  • Learn more about the Stream for High-Wage Positions here.