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Government of Canada announce overhaul of Temporary Foreign Workers Program

Canadian Government
25 June 2014
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On Friday last (June 20), the government of Canada announced that there would be significant changes and restructuring of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP).


There will be notable changes to temporary foreign workers’ work application procedures. For one, the TFWP will only include streams in need of government approval of jobs offered by Canadian employers. This will come in the form of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) – formally known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) – will be much more comprehensive than the outgoing LMO.

In addition, there will also be new assessment criteria. While the LOM process classified workers based on their occupation, the LIMA process will classify them based on their pay while in Canada. From now on only 10 per cent of an employer’s workforce can be made up of those who earn below the regional median wage.

The changes have been implemented in order to ensure that Canada’s temporary foreign worker system capable of responding quickly to the country’s labour needs while protecting the rights of both Canadians and foreign workers.

To read a full list of changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, click on the link.

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