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To address labour shortages across Canada, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion announced Workforce Solutions Road Map by which further changes are brought to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program.

Important takeaways from this recent announcement:

  • Changes will be implemented in the coming weeks as part of the TFW program, however, certain measures are effective immediately.
  • Effective immediately: the maximum duration of employment for High-Wage and Global Talent Streams workers will be extended from two years to three years. This extension will help workers access pathways to qualify for permanent residency, enabling them to contribute to our workforce for the long-term.
  • Effective immediately: Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA’s) will be valid for 18 months, an increase from 9 months.
  • Effective 30 April 2022: For seven sectors with demonstrated labour shortages, such as Accommodation and Food Services, employers will be allowed to hire up to 30% of their workforce through the TFW Program for low-wage positions for one year.  All other employers will be allowed to hire up to 20% of their workforce through the TFW Program for low-wage positions until further notice, an increase from the former 10% cap for many employers.

Further details of the announcement can be read here.

If you have questioning about business immigration or hiring foreign workers, contact Hazem Mehrez.

 

 

 

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