Familiarize Yourself with Canadian Immigration Designations

The field of Canadian immigration is characterized by a multitude of programs and technical terms, often abbreviated to acronyms. This complexity can seem daunting to those considering a move to Canada.

In this article, we’ll simplify some of the acronyms most commonly used in the Canadian immigration process.

Together, let’s take some time to explore and understand these complex abbreviations.

TFW – Temporary Foreign Worker

This term refers to individuals authorized to work temporarily in Canada, usually under a specific work permit and for a specified period of time, in accordance with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

TFWP – Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers for temporary positions when a qualified Canadian workforce is not available.

LMIA Labour Market Impact Assessment

A Labour Market Impact Assessment is a process used by the Government of Canada to evaluate the potential impact of hiring a foreign worker on the Canadian labour market. The purpose of this study is to determine whether hiring a foreign worker for a specific job will adversely affect employment opportunities for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

The LMIA is required for many types of temporary work permits in Canada. Employers wishing to hire a foreign worker must submit an application for an LMIA to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). This application includes details of the proposed job, such as job description, salary offered, previous recruitment efforts, etc.

MIFI – Ministry of Immigration, Francization and Integration (Quebec)

MIFI is the Quebec government department responsible for managing the immigration, francization and integration of temporary and permanent immigrants.


Arrima is an online platform used by the Quebec government to provide a wide range of services to foreign nationals wishing to immigrate to Quebec. In particular, you can submit a declaration of interest to show your interest in immigrating to Quebec on a permanent basis.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is the name of the Canadian federal department that facilitates the arrival of immigrants to Canada, ensures the protection of refugees and offers programs to help newcomers settle in Canada.

PRTQ – Regular Skilled Worker Program

This program is designed for skilled workers wishing to immigrate to Quebec. It evaluates candidates based on their training, work experience and other criteria to obtain the Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ). In November 2024, the program will be renamed the “Skilled Worker Selection Program”.

PEQ – Quebec Experience Program

The PEQ is a program dedicated to foreign graduate students and temporary workers in Quebec who have acquired Quebec work experience. It offers a fast-track to the Certificat de Sélection du Québec (CSQ) for permanent residency.

PR – Permanent Residence

Permanent Residency (PR) authorizes an individual to reside, work or study permanently in Canada. It is generally considered a prerequisite to obtaining Canadian citizenship. The Permanent Resident Card must be renewed every five years

PARR – Sponsorship

Sponsorship in Canada allows a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to sponsor a close family member (spouse, child, mother/father, grandparent) to come to Canada as a permanent resident.

Exemption Code 75, or A75

Exemption code 75, or A75, is issued once your application for permanent residence has been approved. You will then receive an acknowledgement of receipt (CRP). While waiting to receive your permanent resident card, you can apply for a Transitional Open Work Permit (TOWP), also known as an A75 work permit.

SIN – Social Insurance Number

This is an identification number assigned by the Canadian government to Canadian residents and persons authorized to work temporarily in Canada. The SIN is used for various government activities, including paying taxes, receiving social security benefits and accessing certain government services.

In short, familiarizing yourself with these acronyms will make the process of immigrating to Canada more accessible, and help you make informed decisions about your future plans.

At Vitae Recruitment, we fully understand the importance and challenges of immigration. Our team is dedicated to supporting you every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to contact us to benefit from our expertise and get the help you need to make your immigration plans a reality.

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