Delays in Work Permits Applications Negatively Impact Canadian Companies

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Work Permits Applications

Delays in Work Permits Applications Negatively Impact Canadian Companies according to a survey conducted by the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC), a non-profit organization, delays in work permits at IRCC are causing severe damage to Canadian companies. The CERC survey states that Canadian employers will require immediate access to international talent to restore the Canadian economy after the pandemic.


The survey also highlights that as vaccination rates rise and serious COVID-19 infections go down, mobility and travel will increase, as well as Canada’s capacity to manage the growing numbers of travel visa applications.

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Overview of the CERC

The CERC means Canadian Employee Relocation Council which is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to removing barriers that restrict mobility and deployment of human capital, which are vitally important to Canada’s future improvement. 

It was established in 1982, the Council represents the interests of its members on workforce mobility matters. Many of the Council’s members have been listed in Canada’s Financial Post Top 500.

Who are the Participating Organizations?

BNP Paribas, Air Canada, ABB Inc. Aecon, Apotex Inc. Aritzia, Bank of Canada, Canadian Tire Corporation, Carleton University, Cenovus Energy Inc, CGI, CPP Investments, Hatch Ltd.IBM Canada, J.D. Irving, LimitedKiewit Corporation, Ledcor, McGill University, Memorial University, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, PCL Construction, Queen’s University, Ryerson University, Saputo Inc, Simon Fraser University, The University of British Columbia, University of Guelph, University of Lethbridge, University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria, Western University, WestJet, York U.


Of those participating employers, ninety-seven percent hire international talent via temporary residence stream, and just over 53% access economic immigration.

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Which program has currently been used, or has been used in the past?

CUSMA (formerly NAFTA) Professional98%
LMIA (ordinary)66%
Provincial Nominee Programs62%
Express Entry51%
Short‐term (15 or 30 days) work permit exemption48%
LMIA Global Talent Stream38%
Other 38%


What skills do you access through these programs?

  • Management / Executives
  • Skilled Workers
  • Project Managers
  • Professors / Lecturers
  • Engineers
  • Researchers
  • IT / Software Technicians
  • Financial Analysts / Economists
  • Healthcare Related ‐ Medical / Technical staff
  • Marketing Professionals


While the survey was conducted (June- July 2022) the overall backlog of applicants in the system ballooned from 2.4 m to 2.7m – a 12% increase. At the same time, the backlog for temporary foreign workers grew by 21%, from 408,733 to 493,746 applicants. 


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