Median hourly wage increase for Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Median hourly wages in all provinces and territories (except for Nunavut) will increase after May 31st.

Employers in Canada who are hiring foreign nationals use the provincial and territorial medial hourly wage to know the requirements they must meet for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

The location of the position and the wage being offered to the employee will determine if employers need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under the stream for high wage or low wage positions, each with their own requirements.

If the employee is being paid under the provincial/territorial median wage, they are considered low wage, and if they are being paid at or above the median, they are considered high wage.

Median hourly wages by province or territory

Province territory

Median hourly wages prior to May 31,


Median hourly wages as of May 31,





British Columbia






New Brunswick



Newfoundland and Labrador



Northwest Territories



Nova Scotia









Prince Edward Island












Employers offering a wage that is below the provincial/territorial median, must:

  • Pay for round-trip transportation for the temporary foreign worker
  • Ensure affordable housing is available
  • Pay for private health insurance until workers are eligible for provincial health coverage
  • Register the temporary foreign worker with the provincial/territorial workplace safety board
  • Provide an employer-employee contract.