- hire a newcomer

About this program

Are you working or studying in Canada, or waiting for residency? We offer support for your unique questions and needs.

MOSAIC’s IM.POWER.ED for Temporary Foreign Workers program provides free settlement services, legal information, and English language activities specifically designed for individuals in Canada on a temporary work permit, study permit, refugee claimants or those awaiting permanent residency.

Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in Canada face many of the same challenges as new immigrants to Canada (struggles in understanding workplace culture, overcoming language barriers, difficulty finding the right jobs, having legal questions), but TFWs do not have the same support resources and access to services.

Available services

Volunteer lawyers offer legal advice at no cost for low-income temporary workers. Services are provided on an individual basis, by appointment only.

Legal advice provided could include information on renewing work permits, changing employers, Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), changing conditions of stay, and applying for permanent residence in Canada.

This program is offered in partnership with Access Pro Bono.

Improve your English communication skills and make new friends at our weekly Drop-In Centre. Our Drop-in Centre will facilitate discussions on Canadian workplace culture, how to seek employers willing to hire foreign workers, and the challenges faced as temporary foreign workers.

Click here for the schedule & location (PDF).

Settlement outreach workers are available to provide one-on-one support, by appointment — at the MOSAIC Vancouver and Burnaby offices — Mondays to Fridays 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

These services are designed to help you understand the rights and services available to you as a temporary foreign worker or refugee and to better access the knowledge and services you need.

All persons admitted on a temporary basis to Canada in order to work.
Services are available in English, 廣東話 (Cantonese), 中文 (Mandarin), Español (Spanish), and Tagalog.
Contact Girlly Cumberland  at gcumberland@mosaicbc.org or call 604-254-9626

The MOSAIC TFW Program is provided thanks to the support of the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia.

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