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Can I lay off or fire a foreign worker?

Yes. If you follow federal and provincial or territorial labour laws, you can lay off or fire (dismiss) a temporary foreign worker as you would any other employee.

You don’t need to let us know. However, you do need to keep the temporary worker’s employment documents for 6 years from the date we issued their work permit.

Make sure you know your responsibilities as an employer before hiring a foreign worker.

Contact your provincial or territorial labour authorities for information on the steps to follow when laying off or firing an employee.

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