Nationally, Canada is experiencing a national labour shortage with over 800,000 job postings. This is leading the federal and provincial governments to relax their regulations to allow employers to hire more foreign talent to complement the Canadian labour market. In early April, the Canadian government relaxed its TFWP rules in response to the country`s historically low unemployment rate and historically high job vacancy rate. · Fully vaccinated workers no longer need a COVID test before entering the country. The province has assured applicants that those already in the processing queue will be assessed against the eligibility criteria in place at the time the application is received. In addition, a new Alberta Express Entry stream will allow the province to nominate candidates who will then apply through the federal Canada Express Entry system. Starting at 4. In April 2022, the Canadian federal government relaxed measures to make it easier for employers to hire workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”). There are changes that are immediate and others that come into effect at a later date.

Here are the changes since 2021. · Must monitor and track the employee`s health and report to health authorities in case of infection/spread; Depending on the stream you choose, the processing time for your application can range from 10 days (Global Talent Stream) to 60 days (Low Wage Stream). Applying for an LMIA in Canada can be difficult and confusing if you`re not quite sure what you`re doing. Visaplace helps its clients easily complete their LMIA applications. Our immigration experts are ready to help you with your LMIA and temporary work permit applications. Once your LMIA application is approved, you must send a copy of this letter and Appendix A to the foreign employee. Then the foreign employee can apply for a work permit! Work permit processing times may vary depending on where the application was submitted. There are four exceptions to the COVID-19 restrictions above. You must be eligible for full vaccination to enter Canada, except: The 2nd High Salary Program and the Global Talent Stream has now been reduced from 2 years to 3 years. The LMIA process starts by checking whether you are exempt or not. Some employment codes are LMIA-exempt, and you may be able to hire a temporary worker without having to apply for an LMIA. Therefore, we recommend that you refer to the exception codes first.

· compliance with all inspections under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR); Alberta says it will monitor the impact of this change and make adjustments as necessary to ensure the TFWP continues to benefit its economy. 1. Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) is now valid for 18 months instead of 9 months or 6 months (2021 and 2019 respectively). LMIA preparation remains a requirement for most employers to demonstrate to the Canadian government the need to hire foreign workers and that no skilled Canadian worker has been overlooked. The classification of “high salary” and “low wage” is maintained. More information can be found here: www.aclrc.com/changes-temporary-foreign-worker-program. It takes up to 10 minutes to start your LMIA application through an online LMIA portal. The preparation of the application and supporting documents can take hours.

LMIA is a very technical application. According to Statistics Canada, there are approximately 88,000 job vacancies in the province. Work permits are usually issued for a maximum of 2 years. Depending on passport validity and LMIA type. For example, work permits issued to employees under NAFTA or GATS are generally issued for 12 months. For senior managers and senior managers, the total duration of the stay may not exceed 7 years. The application must be submitted up to 6 months before the planned recruitment date. o You have registered in advance for the test on arrival and before arrival; As a general rule, the most in-demand, highest-paid and shortest-term occupations (so-called “craft trades”) are usually dealt with in a very short time. Conversely, applications for low-paid long-term workers are processed more slowly. This measure was introduced to prioritize jobs for Albertans. This restriction has now been lifted and Alberta businesses can continue to hire temporary foreign workers.

· Strengthening inspection tools and mandatory training To qualify as a foreign worker, individuals as a fully vaccinated traveller must: have received two doses of proof of vaccination, must use ArriveCAN (an app that collects traveller information) is mandatory, and have no symptoms of COVID-19. If not vaccinated, workers will still need a COVID test upon arrival, an 8-day test, and a 14-day quarantine period (exceptions and exceptions are explained below). All workers, including TFWPs, are protected in Canada under Canadian law. The LMIA is issued by the Department of Employment and Social Development (ESDC) by conducting on-site inspections on behalf of IRCC. · Pay all transportation costs to and from Canada; As part of these changes, a new Alberta Opportunities Stream will replace the employer-focused stream and the strategic recruitment stream. “We will not process your application if the position you wish to fill is included in the list of occupations,” the federal government website states. · Must not impose unsafe or hazardous work on workers. When hiring high-wage foreign workers, a transition plan is an important requirement for all Canadian employers who wish to hire one or more temporary foreign workers at or above the provincial or territorial median hourly wage. Contact VisaPlace today. All our files are handled by competent and experienced immigration experts associated with VisaPlace. These professionals are lawyers, licensed paralegals and consultants who work for VisaPlace Legal, an award-winning immigration firm that adheres to the highest standards of client service.

Alberta received a slight increase in its 2018 federal benefits under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (BCP). The transition plan is an Appendix C form for applying for an LMIA. The transition plan represents the commitments that an employer has agreed to make, specific to the occupation and workplace for which they are seeking TFWs. In the event of a COVID-19 infection, a quarantine plan should be in place to combat the spread of COVID-19 and limit its spread, including: The International Mobility Program (IMP) allows you to hire temporary foreign workers without an LMIA. If you hire an employee under this program, you must: The federal government website publishes a list of these occupations and warns that LMIA applications will be denied. Recently, there have been slight changes to the LMIA process in 2021! Under the new LMIA system, jobs will only be divided into two categories: high wages and low wages. Jobs are considered high wages if the wage is equal to or above the median wage in the province where the work is performed, and a low wage if the wage is below the median. This application process has two components: the employer submits an application to ESDC and the employee applies for a work permit if a positive LMIA decision has been made. The application is made through the LMIA application portal or by email to a specific office.

The employer must deduct from Canada Pension Plan wages, Employment Insurance and income tax.