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Wages & Advertising

Wage rates are usually based on the type of work and experience the worker brings to the job. Entry-level jobs or lower skilled jobs normally pay a lower wage.  The TFWP “Agricultural Workers” option for primary agriculture employers has four streams available streams, three of which can be used in hiring lower or higher skilled swine workers.  The streams include “SAWP”, “Agricultural Stream” or the “Stream for Higher-skilled Occupations”.

Each stream has specific directives regarding wage rates paid to workers. Employers should familiarize themselves with the wages and advertisement directives under each of these streams prior to embarking on a foreign worker recruitment program.

The federal Job Bank is a source of information to employers and workers on available jobs, wages, outlooks, and job requirements specific to an occupation and location.  The Job Bank is also one of the mandatory advertising sites regardless of the stream used for recruitment.

Access the Job Bank here


Wage Rates

The TFWP requires employers to:

  • Ensure to include the wage being paid for the position, as part of their advertisement of the available position.
  • Provide the TFW with the same wages and benefits as those provided to Canadian citizens and employees working in the same occupation.
  • Agree to review and adjust the wage of the TFW to ensure it meets or exceeds the required wage rate at all times.
  • Use the wage posted List of Commodities wage table for lower- or higher-skilled swine workers hired using “SAWP” or the “Agricultural Stream”.
  • Use the median prevailing wage rate as posted for their area for skilled swine workers (i.e. NOC 8253-B, NOC 8252-B) recruited using the “Stream for Higher skilled Occupations”.


Prevailing Wage

Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the prevailing wage rate is identified as the median hourly wage (or annual salary as published on Job Bank) or higher for the particular occupation and work location.

Employers offering a wage that is below the prevailing wage rate will be considered not meeting the labour market factor for the assessment of wages and therefore, will be issued a negative LMIA.

  • Agricultural Stream and SAWP Stream (lower and higher skilled)
    • Lower and higher skilled workers can be hired for primary production jobs in specific commodity sectors including swine.
    • Wage rates must meet or exceed, at all times, the requirements as outlined in the “National Commodity List” swine wage table.
    • Both streams use the same commodity wage table.

View the swine commodity wage table here

  • Stream for Higher Skilled Occupations
    • TFWs can be hired for any higher-skilled agricultural position.
    • Wage rates at a minimum, must be the posted prevailing wage for the occupation and work location where the TFW will be employed.
    • The prevailing wage rat must be equal or higher than the median wage rate posted on the Job Bank for the occupation and work location. Where no regional wage rate exists the Provincial median rate must be used.

View the Job Bank wage information here


Advertising the Job

The LMIA process requires that employers complete a rigorous domestic advertising and recruitment effort for the vacant position(s) prior to submitting a LMIA application. All efforts, including job posting, resumes received, and candidate rejections should be well documented.  This information may be required for submission with the LMIA.

TFW program reforms in June 2014 resulted in several changes and new variations in advertising requirements amongst the various categories and streams.

Check variations in category advertising requirements here

On-Farm Primary Agriculture advertising requirements are largely similar across the four available streams available to employers (SAWP, Agricultural Steam, Stream for Lower-Skilled Occupations, Stream for Higher-Skilled Occupations).  Check the respective stream well in advance to starting any TFW recruitment effort.

The minimum requirements for advertising on-farm primary agriculture positions are advertising must be:

  • a minimum of 14 calendar days starting from the first day the ad appears and is accessible to the general public;
  • posted on the Job Bank plus on at least one or more ESDC recognized site(s) (one can be the Pork Association website classified section);
  • posted in the 3 month period prior to the employer applying for a LMIA


With the June 2014 TFWP reforms, standard advertising requirements increased to a minimum 28 days and on at least 3 sites.  On-Farm Primary Agriculture was exempted and remains at 14 days and on at least 2 sites.


To post or search jobs access the Job Bank here



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