Canada Announces New Employment System for Foreigners 2024

Canada Updates Temporary Foreign Worker Program (2024)

Changes for Foreign Workers in Canada

The Canadian government recently announced updates to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

These changes aim to better manage temporary resident numbers in Canada.

CANADA employment Changes

Key Updates

  • LMIA Validity: Effective May 2024, the validity period for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) returns to 6 months. During COVID, it was extended to 18 months, but recently reduced to 12 months.
  • Lower Wage Cap: From May 2024, some industries will have a lower cap on low-wage foreign workers. It goes back to 20%, from a temporary increase of 30% in 2022.

Who is Exempt?

  • Agriculture & Seasonal Work: The cap exemption for agriculture and seasonal businesses remains.
  • Construction & Healthcare: Construction and healthcare can continue to have up to 30% low-wage foreign workers.

Impact on Employers

These changes aim to strike a balance between Canadian worker needs and immigration goals.

Employers should consider these updates when planning hiring and recruiting foreign workers.

How to Work in Canada as a Foreigner

There are several ways for foreigners to get a work permit in Canada, including:

  • Through an Employer: Many employers offer sponsorship for foreign workers with needed skills or seeking permanent residency.
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Programs: These programs allow temporary work in specific sectors.
  • International Mobility Programs: These programs facilitate work exchanges and internships.
  • Economic Immigration Programs: These programs offer work permits leading to permanent residency.

Getting a Work Permit

Obtaining a work permit in Canada can be complex.

Foreigners typically need a work permit, a work permit exemption, or permanent residency status.

Each option has its own eligibility requirements and application process.

Employer LMIA & Job Offer

Sometimes, employers need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to support a work permit application.

Additionally, for permanent residency, employers may need to provide a job offer.

Learn More

These are just some highlights. Research further to understand the specific processes and procedures for hiring foreign workers in Canada.


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