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Canada introduces adjustments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program aimed at improving alignment with labor market demands

Updated: Apr 3

Immigration Minister Marc Miller and Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault have revealed revisions to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Stay tuned for further updates as additional announcements were made during the press conference. CIC News will continue to provide updates as new information emerges.

Canada initially implemented temporary measures during the pandemic to alleviate labor market pressures but is now rolling back these initiatives due to a changing economic landscape. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) issues work permits to foreign nationals to address labor shortages, requiring businesses to demonstrate a lack of qualified Canadians or permanent residents through a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). While Canada extended the LMIA validity period to 12 months during the pandemic, effective May 1st, 2024, it will revert to 6 months. Additionally, adjustments to the TFWP include limiting low-wage workers to 20% of a workforce, with exceptions for specific sectors. These changes aim to bolster the integrity of Canada's immigration system amidst concerns over the economy and a surge in international students. Immigration Minister Marc Miller emphasizes the goal of reducing the temporary resident population to 5% over the next three years, ensuring access to essential services and a well-managed immigration system.

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