Ottawa continues measures under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Ottawa keeps up Temporary Foreign Worker Program measures as the Canadian Government continues adapting to current labor market conditions, enabling companies in certain sectors to increase staff numbers while offering lower wages.
This move, designed to bolster employers amidst current economic challenges, extends a measure allowing a significant number of temporary foreign workers to be hired through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, effective until next year.
This program enables employers to fill up to 30% of their workforce with low-wage roles in food, wood product and furniture manufacturing, accommodation and food services, construction, hospitals, and nursing and residential care facilities. These low-wage positions can be held for up to two years. Initially due to end on October 30, this program has been extended until August 30, 2024.
About the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
When qualified Canadians are not available, the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill temporary jobs.
This program is governed by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations, and it is administered in collaboration with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) evaluates applications from employers seeking permission to hire temporary foreign workers through its Service Canada processing centers and conducts Labour Market Impact Assessments to determine the likely impact these workers would have on the Canadian labor market. The Program evaluates the impact by analyzing available labor market information for the region and occupation, employers’ recruitment and advertising efforts, wages and working conditions, labor shortages, and the transfer of skills and knowledge to Canadians.
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