Government Of Canada Announces A More Efficient And Responsive Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Excerpt from Canada News Centre

The new streamlined, attestation-based model, known as the Accelerated-Labour Market Opinion (A-LMO), will be launched on April 25. The A-LMO will reduce the paper burden on employers, enable LMOs to be issued within 10 business days and strengthen protections for foreign workers through employer compliance reviews. The new model will feature:


  • a simplified, online application process;
  • faster and timelier processing for employers with a good history;
  • risk-based and random in-depth compliance reviews of employers after LMOs are issued;
  • enhanced automation to reduce paperwork, and improve capacity to track compliance and share information; and
  • call centre support for employers.

Employers will have to consent to post-LMO reviews to verify compliance with the TFWP requirements (e.g. all reasonable efforts to recruit from the domestic labour force, providing wages and working conditions that are consistent with Canadian standards). HRSDC will closely monitor employer compliance and take action when necessary to protect temporary foreign workers.

A new wage structure will also be introduced to provide employers with greater flexibility. Wages that are up to 15% below the average wage for an occupation in a specific region will be accepted; however, employers must clearly demonstrate that the wage is consistent with that of Canadian workers based on Statistics Canada data.

The A-LMO will cover high-skill occupations, including the skilled trades, and will be open to employers acrossCanada. Through a tested and measured implementation, the A-LMO may gradually be expanded to include risk-based processing for all occupations and components of the TFWP.

While in Canada, temporary foreign workers have the same rights and protections as Canadian workers under applicable federal/provincial employment standards and labour laws.


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