Evaluating International Recruiters in the Context of Temporary Foreign Worker

Levels of temporary migration to Canada have increased steadily and continue to do so, because temporary foreign workers (TFWs) are seen as one solution to labour shortages in certain sectors. Private international labour brokers play an integral role in recruiting workers and facilitating TFW migration, and this project will examine the characteristics and role of these agencies operating in British Columbia. Through a series of interviews with employers, industry association representatives, foreign workers who migrated through an agency, and with labour brokers/recruiters across a range of industries and sectors, including construction, tourism/hospitality, and retail/service, the intern will sketch out the regulatory context of these agencies and construct a “profile” of recruiters operating in B.C. This research project will compile information to assist employers in more effectively identifying “legitimate” recruiters and accessing the TFW program, with the primary objective being the development of a list of indicators of reputable agencies. This will ultimately help to ensure a more successful migration experience for both businesses and the migrant foreign workers they employ.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Geraldine Pratt


Sarah Zell


BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Labour Market and Immigration Division


Geography / Geology / Earth science



University of British Columbia



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