Let us see these changes by Canada immigration department and its impact on aspirants to Canada under different categories.
Temporary Foreign Worker Program—Temporary foreign worker program or TFWP(as its commonly known) has been subject to a new set of rules and requirements.
As per the government, all these changes are aimed to give priority to Canadians and Canada permanent residency in getting jobs in Canada. All these changes have come into effect from 31st July this year.
• New language assessment—Language assessment factor has been introduced by the government of Canada. This means French and English being identified for the purposes of job requirement. Exceptions to this new rule are in case where the employer shows or provides proof of a requirement in any other language than these two official languages of Canada.
• LMOs new application fee—Canada immigration department has recently introduced a new application fee of $275 for every position in any LMO(Labor Market Opinion) application. Aim behind the introduction of this new fee is to help Canada government cover the processing request costs for LMOs and for making sure that sufficient resources are given to Service Canada for efficient and effective administering of the program.
• New application form for LMO—A new LMO application form will have queries with regard to offshoring or outsourcing.
This is aimed to focus on increased scrutiny for employers applying for an LMO application who show that an employment offer to a Temporary foreign worker may result in loss of jobs for Canada permanent residents or Canada citizens.
Moreover, a summary will be a requirement for an agreement(contractual agreement) between the firm getting services(including scope/aim of project, timelines, required expertise, number of Canada citizens and Canada permanent residents employed on the project) as well as the employer of record.
That’s not all.
Employers in Canada will have to confirm if there are any foreigners with any LMO-exempt processing streams or work permit-exempt streams who have been employed under any contractual agreement with the client.
• Changed requirements for minimum advertising—employers need to—
1. Advertise the job position for not less than 4 weeks before making an application for an LMO from the first day of the appearance of the ad and its access to people;
2. Advertise on the provincial/territorial/national Job Bank(ads needs to stay until issuance of the LMO);
3. Use two or more recruitment methods consistent with normal practice for occupation.
4. Advertisements needs to have details like company operating name, title of position, job duties, employment terms, business address, wages.