Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada

Are you interested in applying for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada? or are you a corporation or business who wants to bring temporary foreign workers to Canada?


There have recently been some very serious changes to the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program that will make it more difficult for both employers and workers alike.

These changes will increase the costs for workers and their employers and impose strict regulations on the program as a whole. So what kind of changes were made to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

What You Need to Know about the New Temporary Foreign Worker Program

  • If there is a job where language proficiency is a requirement of the job, English and French are the only languages that can be used as a requirement.
  • Costs are going to increase for both employers and workers. For example, the fees on applying for a work permit are going to increase, while there will be a fee added to Labour Market Opinions.
  • The government will be giving itself more power to enforce the rules surrounding the temporary foreign worker program, being able to revoke work permits.
  • The Labour Market Opinion process itself will also be experiencing several changes. The accelerated process for obtaining one will no longer be available, and the LMO application will ask employers how they’ll be transitioning to a Canadian labour force over time, as well as ask even more questions to ensure that the temporary workers will not displace Canadian workers.

What to Do about Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

These changes will mean a much different process than companies are currently used to. If you are a company who wishes to bring temporary foreign workers to Canada, please contact our immigration law firm. We offer corporate immigration services, which includes applying for Labour Market Opinions to bring foreign workers to Canada.

If you would like to find out if you qualify to immigrate to Canada via the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, the first step is to find out if you qualify. Fill out our Free Online Assessment Form

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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