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Changes To Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Regime May Help Employers Address Labour Shortages

Canada has made a number of changes to its work permit rules that are designed to address labour shortages. The changes will help Canadian employers meet human resources needs and will provide more flexibility to employers in accessing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The changes will also assist some foreign workers who have been negatively affected by the impact of COVID-19 on Canada's immigration system, and alleviate some of the administrative burden on the TFWP by reducing the number of renewal requests.

The announcements are available online at: Backgrounder TFWP Changes and New Measures to Address Canada's Labour Shortage.

Further details are set out below.
Changes to the TFWP

1. Longer LMIA validity

The validity period of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) will be temporarily increased from 9 to 18 months.

To use the TFWP, an employer must first obtain an LMIA from ESDC/Service Canada. An LMIA must be used to apply for a work permit within ...

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