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Canada makes changes to the adjusted temporary measures under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

In response to heightened demand due to the post-pandemic economy and exceptionally low unemployment rates with numerous job vacancies observed back in 2022, the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program is undergoing significant modifications. Acknowledging these labor shortages, the Program has devised a set of policy adjustments.

In light of the evolving labor market conditions and diminishing job vacancies, the Government has opted to revise the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to ensure its adherence to regulations, ensuring foreign workers are only employed when there is a shortage of Canadian workers to fill the requisite positions.

Effective May 1, 2024:

  • New Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) will only be valid for 6 months compared to its previous 12-month duration. This is to ensure accurate labour market needs. 
  • All employers who participated in the 2022 Workforce Solutions Road Map will have a reduction from 30% to 20% of their total workforce that comes in through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, under the low wage stream, with an exception for health care and construction divisions. 
  • Employers will have to have explored all possible options available before applying for an LMIA-not limited to recruiting asylum seekers with valid work permits here in Canada.

Furthermore, effective January 1, 2024, employers must conduct annual assessments of the wages of temporary foreign workers to ensure alignment with the current rates for their specific occupation and work region. These wage reviews aim to guarantee that employers consistently pay temporary foreign workers at the appropriate wage level throughout their employment duration. Often, these wage assessments result in increased pay for the workers. In cases where wages are not reviewed, they typically remain unchanged and cannot decrease upon review.

The Canadian Government will vigilantly monitor labor market conditions to ensure that the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program aligns with present economic requirements. Canadians must consistently be given priority for job opportunities, while simultaneously safeguarding the rights of temporary foreign workers residing in Canada.

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2024/03/government-of-canada-to-adjust-temporary-measures-under-the-temporary-foreign-worker-program-workforce-solutions-road-map.html 

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