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Canada offers outreach sessions for the TFWP

Canada is providing Employer Compliance Outreach Sessions under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, aimed at helping employers, associations, and stakeholders better comprehend their roles and responsibilities. These well-received sessions offer an interactive platform where various aspects of the TFW Program are discussed, including a detailed overview of the inspection process, the program’s authorities, employers’ obligations, compliance rates, and common reasons for non-compliance. These sessions serve as an excellent opportunity for employers and organizations to gain a deeper understanding of the TFW Program and their involvement in it. …

Canada’s farming sector fears labour shortages due to cuts in temporary foreign workers

Canada’s farming sector fears labour shortages due to cuts in temporary foreign workers
Canada’s farming sector is concerned about the federal government’s plans to reduce the number of temporary foreign workers (TFWs), which could significantly impact the industry due to its heavy reliance on them. The decision to lower the share of temporary residents to five percent of the total population over the next three years has been criticized for unfairly categorizing TFWs with international students. …

Canada penalizes employers violating the TFWP rules

Canada penalizes employers violating the TFWP rules
Last year, Canada imposed fines totalling $2.7m on 194 employers for non-compliance with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) rules. These rules include meeting Labour Market Impact Assessment requirements and keeping records for six years. Between April 2022 and March 2023, 116 employers faced penalties of $1.54m due to non-compliance. Penalties can go up to $100,000 per violation and reach $1m annually. The average fine increased to $28,836 in 2024. …

Francophone Mobility work permit

The Francophone mobility work permit makes it easier for Canadian employers to hire you without a labour market impact assessment, if you meet certain requirements and you are destined to live and work outside the province of Quebec.
 
To be eligible, you must

  • meet the general eligibility requirements for a work permit
  • live and work in 1 of the 9 Canadian provinces or 3 territories outside Quebec
  • be able to prove that your speaking and listening skills in French are at an intermediate level
    • This would be equivalent to a level 5 or higher in the Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) scale.

Canada allowed foreign nationals with expiring PGWPs to work in Canada for longer

On March 17, 2023, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced that international graduates with expired or expiring post-graduation work permits (PGWP) could apply for an additional work permit for up to 18 months. Starting April 6, 2023, PGWP holders who want to stay in Canada longer and those whose PGWPs have already expired in 2023 will be eligible for a new permit. Foreign nationals who have exceeded the 90-day restoration period can also restore their status and receive interim work authorization. …

IRCC extended work permits to family members of temporary foreign workers

On December 2, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced new instructions for employers and temporary workers. Canada is expanding its work permit program to include family members of temporary foreign workers. This will help address labour shortages by making it easier for employers to find the needed workers. Effective January 2023, Canada will temporarily expand work eligibility to spouses and dependent children of all ages for two years. It is estimated that this will offer working opportunities to the family members of more than 200,000 foreign workers. …

The new All-Program Express Entry draw is happening today!

On July 6, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is going to hold a new All-Program Express Entry draw for the first time since December 23, 2020. IRCC has not announced the number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) it is going to distribute. However, we can estimate this number to be within the range of 3,000 to 5,000 ITAs based on previous experience. As of June 20, 2022, there are 220,674 profiles registered in the Express Entry pool. …

Ottawa extended the public policy allowing visitors to apply for a work permit

On March 1, 2022, the Government of Canada extended the public policy allowing certain visitors in Canada to apply for a work permit. The public policy, which came into effect on August 24, 2020, has been extended until February 28, 2023, allowing all temporary residents who are in Canada to apply inland for an employer-specific work permit, regardless of their arrival time in Canada. The public policy also allows eligible former temporary foreign workers to work in Canada while a decision on their work permit application is pending. …

Canada has more than 150,000 FSWP candidates despite the program being paused

According to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), at the beginning of the year, there were 154,421 Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) applications in the Express Entry (EE) pool, despite the program being temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Out of 193,565 candidates in the EE pool, the share of FSWP applicants was approximately 80%. The rest of the applicants in the pool were CEC candidates (38,223 applications), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) candidates (577 applications), …

Are Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot open?

As of January 17, 2022, the Government of Canada accepted more than 2,750 applications under the Home Child Care Provider Pilot, which has already been closed to new applications for 2022. The Government will return additional applications and refund paid fees. Applicants will be able to apply for this Pilot starting January 1, 2023. The Home Support Worker Pilot still receives new applications for the 2022 cap. For this year, the Government is planning to accept up to 2,750 applications for this pilot. …