New Canada Work Permit Rules to protect foreign workers coming soon

New Canada Work Permit Rules to be implemented in April

New rules to protect Canada’s temporary foreign workers were announced almost one year ago but Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced that they are now ready to be implemented on April 1, 2011.

“The government is taking action to protect temporary foreign workers, including live-in caregivers, from potential abuse and exploitation,” said Minister Kenney, “we owe it to them, their employers and all Canadians to ensure that the program is fair and equitable. After all, they are an essential element of Canada’s economic success.”

Temporary foreign workers, especially live-in caregivers, can find themselves in vulnerable positions when they live in an employers home. Sometimes they are expected to work overtime with no extra pay or are treated poorly but are too afraid to leave the job. These rules will ensure that the temporary foreign workers are treated properly and that they don’t end up paying thousands of dollars to come to Canada and obtain a job that doesn’t exist.

The new changes include:

A limit on the amount of time a temporary foreign worker can work in Canada before going home.

Employers who fail to meet their commitments with regards to the occupation, working conditions and wages will receive a two-year ban from hiring temporary foreign workers.

A more thorough assessment on whether the job offer from the employer is genuine.

Employers will also investigated with respect to their prior records of hiring temporary foreign workers and how they have treated them in the past.

Have a question about the Canada Work Permit Rules? Contact Niren and Associates today.

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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

12 thoughts on “New Canada Work Permit Rules to protect foreign workers coming soon

  1. kuldeep

    Hello sir,
    My name is kuldeep kaur and I am 24 year old. I have got 4.5 band in ielts and I want to apply for work permit and I have 6 year work experience in a factory plz can u tell me, can I apply for work permit? and I live in greece from last 8 years I have indian nationality

  2. Pankaj Sharma

    Helllo sir
    I have 7 year experiance from dubai in carpenter . I got 4:5 in genral ielts test . I done 12 th in 2003 . I am 30 year old So i m illigible for canada work permit by labour market opinion and time of processing total amount of money . If im illigible then plesae reply . I m waiting ur positive response

    1. owen

      Hello Pankaj,

      Thanks for the question. We would certainly be able to assist you in coming to Canada, and you may be eligible under a variety of immigration programs. In order for us to further assist you, please fill out our free online assessment form and one of our immigration professionals will be in touch with you shortly.


  3. Hmaira

    Could you please tell me that ,my family friends are in Italy and France they are citizen there, if they try to move in Canada,could they be eligible to get open work permit???

    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Hmaira

      Your friends and family may be eligible for an open work permit but it all depends on their individual cases. We would have to look into that in order to determine their eligibility. For more information on work permits you can go here

      I hope that helps

  4. Gurdeep singh

    Hello Sir/Madam,

    Could you please tell me the processing time of Canada work permit for labor category ( UN-skilled category.)

    1. Michael Niren


      The processing time for a work visa vary and it depends from where you are applying. Generally it can take from 2-3 months after submission.

  5. hardeep singh

    hi sir i am hardeep singh pls tell me about work permit someone send me job offer from canada after that i can appiy for work permit pls thanks

    1. Michael Niren

      Hello Hardeep

      We do not provide job offers for people. You will have to find one yourself or hire an employment recruitment company. Once you find a job offer, you can contact us to help you with the work permit application

  6. raj

    hi pls tell me about canada work permit rules .if someone send me work permit can i go without ielts test,if i c’nt pls tell me about ielts band pls. thks.

  7. viren babooa


    I would like to know when the new regulations will come into effect. I am interested incoming to Canada to work.

    kind regards,

    mr viren


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