Fact Sheet


Employment Agency Business

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Employment Agency Business

Employment agency businesses help employers find suitable employees to hire. They may also help someone write a resume and improve interview skills. Anyone operating an employment agency must hold a valid licence under The Worker Recruitment and Protection Act.





What is the difference between a temporary help agency and an employment agency business?

Temporary help agencies assign their employees to their client’s worksite for temporary work.  A temporary help employee might work with the agency’s client for a couple of days or many months depending on the client’s needs. The temporary help agency is the employer and must ensure all wages are paid properly.

Employment agency businesses help employers find suitable employees to hire.  They may also help someone write a resume and improve interview skills.  They connect employers with individuals who are job searching but they are not the employer.


Who needs a licence to operate an employment agency business?

Except for the following, anyone operating an employment agency business must hold a valid licence under The Worker Recruitment and Protection Act.

  • a person who finds employees for their employer
  • an agency of the government or a municipality
  • a union
  • a college or university, a public or private school, a regional vocational school

How do I apply for a licence ?

Download an application form from http://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/standards/forms.html or contact Employment Standards. The application is designed to gather substantial business detail and character background. The completed form can be dropped off or mailed to Employment Standards.


Is there a fee for the licence?

Yes, there is a $100 yearly fee.


Do I need two licences if I operate a temporary help agency and an employment agency business?

Yes, you need both licences. To apply for both licences there is only one application form and a yearly fee of $100. The expiry dates will be the same for both licences for easy yearly renewal.


How can I find a licensed employment agency business?

Employment Standards posts a list of licensed Employment Agency Businesses on its website.


Can an employment agency business charge fees to people looking for work?

A fee cannot be charged, directly or indirectly:

  • to a person looking for work or seeking information about employment opportunities
  • by an agency for providing information to job seekers about employment opportunities, or finding or attempting to find them work
  • as a condition of the agency working on a person’s behalf

How are employees protected from being charged fees?

Employment Standards conducts inspections and investigations to ensure fees are not being charged to employees.

If an employee has been charged a fee, the agency will be ordered to repay the fee. The agency could also lose their licence and be subject to fines as high as $25,000 - $50,000. Directors and officers of a corporation will also be subject to a $25,000 fine.   


For more information contact Employment Standards:

Phone:     204-945-3352 or toll free in Canada 1-800-821-4307

Fax:           204-948-3046

E-mail:     employmentstandards@gov.mb.ca

Website:  www.manitoba.ca/labour/standards

This is a general overview and the information used is subject to change. For detailed information, please refer to current legislation including The Employment Standards Code, The Construction Industry Wages Act , The Worker Recruitment and Protection Act, or contact Employment Standards.


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Date Published: February 21, 2017