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canada makes changes to the adjusted temporary measures under the temporary foreign worker program
Canada Makes Changes to the Adjusted Temporary Measures Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
canada makes changes to the adjusted temporary measures under the temporary foreign worker program

Canada Makes Changes to the Adjusted Temporary Measures Under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

New changes coming for The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program as an increase in demand as a result of the post-pandemic economy and ultra-low unemployment rates and job vacancies back in 2022. Taking into consideration these labour shortages, the Program developed a series of policy changes. 

To address the present day’s changing labour market conditions and declining job vacancies, the Government has decided to adjust the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to establish that the program continues to abide by the rules and only hires foreign workers when there are no workers in Canada available to fill the necessary role.  

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. 

Additionally, as of January 1, 2024, employers are now required to annually review the wages of temporary foreign workers to ensure their wages reflect the current rates for their given occupation and region of work. Through wage increases, these reviews will ensure that employers pay temporary foreign workers their correct wage level throughout their period of employment. In many cases, the review of wages provides an increase in wages for the worker. If not reviewed typically wages will remain the same and cannot decrease upon review. 

The Canadian Government will monitor labour market conditions to ensure the TFW Program represents current economic needs, Canadians should always be considered a priority for job opportunities, while simultaneously protecting the rights of temporary foreign workers in Canada stay protected. 
Source: Government of Canada

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