Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Temporary reforms are being made to the Foreign Worker Program in an effort to ensure that the program is not being used to displace Canadian workers after the Royal Bank of Canada made the news for allegedly outsourcing jobs held by Canadians to foreign workers in Canada. These changes are sweeping and many of them will be effective immediately.
What Kind of Changes Are Being Made to the TFWP?
- LMO Changes: LMOs, or Labour Market Opinions are applications made by employers that give them permission to bring foreign workers to Canada after they have demonstrated there are no Canadians available for their jobs. Now, there will be no more accelerated program for LMOs while there will also be added questions to the LMO application regarding an eventual transition to a Canadian work force by the employer and information to ensure that the program is not being misused.
- Financial Changes: There will now be a fee for applying for a Labour Market Opinion, as well as a higher fee for work permit applications.
- Other Changes: If an employer stipulates that there is a language requirement for the job in question, the languages can only be English or French.
- The government will also have more power in suspending and revoking work permits when it suspects that the rules are not being followed.
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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
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