Information for Workers
Every year, over 90,000 foreign workers enter Canada to work temporarily to help Canadian employers address skill shortages. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) ensure that these workers will support economic growth in Canada and create more opportunities for all Canadian job seekers.
The Alberta government has set up two special advisory offices for temporary foreign workers. These offices provide one-stop access to information and services for temporary workers. This includes help resolving employment standards or occupational health and safety issues, and other support. Concerns that fall outside employment standards and workplace safety – such as housing issues and illegal recruitment fees – will be referred to and followed up by the appropriate authorities.
Working in Alberta – Education Materials
These materials have been developed as part of a group of tools made up of the video, the Facilitator’s Guide and the Student Guide.
- Student Guide
Canadian laws called Employment Standards protect all workers, including you. This Guide Booklet will give you some important job information.
- Facilitator Guide
This Facilitator’s Guide has been developed so that someone who has seen the video, read and understands the booklet, and has a basic understanding of workplace practices and employment standards in Alberta, can facilitate the watching of the video.
- Working in Alberta video
This video gives you information about working in Canada. It’s about 10 minutes long.
Working in Alberta – Rights and Responsibilities
It is important for temporary foreign workers to be aware of their employment rights.
- English Express – Employment Law Protects Workers
- Temporary Foreign Worker Guide for Employees
This guide provides the basic information on the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program, employment standards, workplace health and safety, using an employment agency, landlords and tenants, worker’s compensation, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, supports for temporary foreign workers in Alberta, and the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. It also provides detailed contact information for questions, how to file a complaint, etc. Also available in:
- Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada
Exemption categories of work, applying for a work permit and additional information on living and working in Canada temporarily.
First Day at Work
The proper integration of temporary foreign workers into the workplace is very important to both employers and employees. The following is a first day checklist and worksheet for temporary foreign workers to help ensure safety on the jobsite.
Settling into a new country and work environment can be difficult. For information, support and referrals, visit Temporary Foreign Worker Support Services.
English as a second language
Visit an Adult English as a Second Language Drop- in Centre to help you in your transition.
Immigrate to Alberta
For temporary foreign workers interested in gaining permanent residency in the province, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) can help expedite the immigration process. The AINP is designed to support Alberta’s economic growth by attracting labour-market-destined immigrants to the province.
- Temporary Foreign Worker Helpline: 1‑877‑944‑9955 or 780‑644‑9955 (Edmonton local calling area)
- Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Offices:
Main Floor, Sterling Place
Edmonton AB T5K 2N2
Suite 150, 717-7 Avenue SW
Calgary AB T2P 0Z3
To contact either office call the Temporary Foreign Worker Helpline toll-free throughout Alberta at 1‑877‑944‑9955
- Alberta’s Official Immigration website
- Employment Standards: 1‑877‑427‑3731 or 780‑427‑3731 (Edmonton local calling area)
- Employment Standards website