Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals

  • Content last reviewed: November 2015

The Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009 (EPFNA) applies to foreign nationals who work or are seeking work in Ontario pursuant to an immigration or foreign temporary employee program. For example, if you are working or looking for work in Ontario through the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the EPFNA would likely apply to you.

This page provides information and resources about your rights under the EPFNA. As a foreign national employed in Ontario, you generally also have rights under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA). The ESA covers standards such as the minimum wage and limits on hours of work. For more information on the ESA visit Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act, 2000.