Greetings from the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala, Immigration Section.

As many of you have raised the issue that entering “Low Skill Pilot Project” is no possible on the application form, we request that you please enter the option “Other ” when completing part 1 of Section - DETAILS OF INTENDED WORK IN CANADA on your workers’ application forms.

Thank you very much for your collaboration.  


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This information came in to SBA via the Embassy in Guatemala, and applies to beekeepers using Nicaraguan workers under the TFWP

Link to open pdf: 2016 TFWP Nicaraguan workers - SPEED UP PROCESS

Link to open pdf: 2016 TFWP Nicaraguan workers -ENGLISH Recruiters Employer- Seasonal Workers

Link to open pdf: 2016 TFWP Nicaraguan workers - DATES OF WORK IN CANADA-INSTRUCTIONS

Link to open pdf: 2016 TFWP Nicaraguan workers - DATES OF WORK IN CANADA-FORM


Wage Tables for National Commodities for Agricultural Workers

Please click on the following link to take you to Employment and Social Development Canada's list of Wages by commodity for the Agricultural Stream and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program.

New Information re Temporary Foreign Worker Program

No doubt you have heard about changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) announced by Minister Kenney on June 20, 2014. Many of the changes that are coming into play are targeting retail and service industries, rather than agricultural industries. There will be changes to the Agricultural sector, although many of the changes for items such as advertising and 'check-ups' by the government were already coming into place prior to these recent changes. If you currently use the SAWP, there is good news as there appears to be little-to-no changes to the SAWP.

The general changes to the TFWP are outlined below:

  • New categories for the TFWP are: High wage, Low wage, (both relative to the median wage, in Saskathewan it is $21.36/hr); Primary Agricultural Stream; higeast-demand, highest-paid or shortest-duration; and live-in caregiver program. TFW's that are required for beekeeping will be brought in under the Primary Agriculture Stream, and the SAWP will fall under the Primary Agriculture Stream category;
  • The LMO now becomes the LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment). Basically, you will need to search for potential Canadian employees more aggressively, maintain a list of those who apply to the position, record if they are hired or not hired, and for what reason(s) they may not be hired. You may want to start a list of these applicants as it may be required during the LMIA application process;
  • LMIA's will be considered as long as the regional (provincial) unemployment rate is below 6%. Saskatchewan is currently 3.7%;
  • Primary Agricultural Stream will not be required to pay the LMIA processing fee of $1,000;
  • There will be no cap on the number of workers allowed in an operation under Primary Agriculture Stream. This cap on employees is for TFW's coming in under the 'low wage' category;
  • Primary Agricultural Stream will still be allowed to bring in TFW's for 48 cumulative months, with the worker then not allowed to return to Canada for 4 years (no change to this ruling).


Link to the Employment and Social Development Canada - Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program

Agricultural foreign workers can help producers meet their labour needs during peak agricultural periods when Canadian workers and permanent residents are not available.

Under the program, you can hire workers from Mexico, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program

For More Information Please Contact Simon LaLonde @ (306) 931-0155 work, (306) 270-4860 cell, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Occupation Codes (NOC)

APIARY HARVESTER - No Experience (NOC 8431)

APIARY WORKER - 1+ Year Experience (NOC 8431)

APIARY TECHNICIAN - 2+ Years Experience (NOC 8253)

Saskatchewan Beekeepers Hiring Foreign Workers

There have been some changes in the works for the foreign worker program for some time. Some of the changes were announced earlier and others last week when CHC was in Ottawa for meetings with HRSDC and other government agencies.

The temporary move of SK applications for LMO processing to Vancouver is now permanent. They will now process MB and SK along with BC. There is currently a 10 week time frame for processing LMO applications. This processing time will not likely change this year as new staff are trained and they deal with high turnover in this department. They expect this to change in following years.

As well, our commodity now qualifies under the newly created Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) Agriculture Stream of the NOC C & D workers (for low skilled workers). This program closer meshes this program to the Seasonal Agriculture Program (SAWP). Anyone wishing to higher skilled workers will need to go through the standard Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

The 4 Year rule
When choosing which program to use, keep in mind the "4-year rule" came into effect April 2011. The "4-year rule" stipulates that a foreign worker must remain outside the country for 4 years following an accumulated 4 years of work in Canada. This applies to TFWP workers; SAWP workers are exempt because of international agreements between Canada and Mexico.

Job Duties
It is important that your job duties are not overstated and you use the suggested CHC job title and mirror the job duties as close as possible (if they fit your situation). If your job duties differ, HRSDC officers will determine which NOC your worker falls and place them accordingly. The wage will also be adjusted accordingly. I have attached a NOC that CHC has developed with HRSDC for low skilled workers. (download the NOC here). CHC has also been working with HRSDC on 2 other NOC's for low and high skilled (besides "Farm Manager" that had been used in the past). This should help for workers that fall between the low skilled and skilled NOC's currently available to SK beekeepers.

For More Information Please Contact Simon LaLonde @ (306) 931-0155 work(306) 270-4860 cell, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This information came in to SBA via the Embassy in Guatemala, and applies to beekeepers using Nicaraguans workers under the TFWP

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