If you are a Canadian employer and have had trouble finding Canadian employees to staff your business, you're not alone. Many Canadian employers are seeking foreign workers to help alleviate current labour shortages. Over the past few years, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) have streamlined the process of hiring workers from abroad and made it increasingly time-efficient. It's simpler and faster than you probably think. Your Options for Hiring Foreign Skilled Workers It all starts with either a permanent or a temporary job offer from you. If you would like to hire foreign workers for full-time permanent positions, your future employees will need to complete the Canadian Immigration (Permanent Residency) process. There are several fast-track options to choose from. If your business operates in a province that has a Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) for foreign workers, this may be an important fast-track option for you. Another option is Arranged Employment under the Federal Skilled Worker Program. If you're looking to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis, your future employees can obtain Temporary Work Permits. If you have been employing foreign workers on temporary work permits and would like to offer them full-time employment, they may be able to obtain Canadian Immigration (Permanent Resident) Visas through the Canadian Experience Class, a PNP, or Arranged Employment.