Corporations sponsoring foreign workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) must meet specific requirements to hire foreign workers and uphold the conditions as set out in the employer immigration compliance rules, which came into force on December 1, 2015
In order to obtain a work permit to Canada for a temporary foreign worker, employers must generally obtain a labour market opinion (LMO) in support of the work permit application. Although there are hundreds of exceptions to this requirement, the LMO exemptions are very specific
As usual under the current Conservative government, the federal budget announced on February 11, 2014 included new limits to be placed on the TFWP (Temporary Foreign Worker Program). In the budget the government announced that it plans to limit and enforce the use of Temporary Foreign Workers by Canadian businesses.
Starting December 31, 2013, various amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) come into force, in addition to new Ministerial Instructions issued by the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) which impose additional obligations on employers under the LMO-based Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
On April 1, 2011, the cumulative duration of work permits issued under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) was reduced to a four year maximum. The government’s primary goal in enacting this law was to prevent foreign workers who are working temporarily in Canada
On June 8, 2013, the government announced new regulations under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which would require employers who have hired foreign workers to maintain foreign worker records for a period of six years to demonstrate compliance with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
On April 29, 2013, the Canadian government announced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) as a result of the recent TFWP abuses that have been highlighted by the media over the course of the past two months. Although it is evident that Canada requires foreign talent
On April 1, 2011, the government introduced into law a number of important legislative amendments on employer immigration compliance concerning foreign worker work permits and Labour Market Opinions from Service Canada. In summary, the immigration law changes effective April 1, 2011 are as follows
Various changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations will become law on April 1, 2011, affecting both Canadian employers and their temporary foreign workers. These changes aim at the following: Reducing the opportunity for exploitation of temporary foreign workers by employers and third-party agents