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Upcoming Launch of Recognized Employer Pilot for Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada

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The Canadian government will debut the Recognized Employer Pilot in September to counter labor shortages. Embedded within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), its mission is streamlining administrative procedures for established repeat employers with a track record of TFWP requirement adherence.

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Empowering Employers: Streamlined LMIA Access and Efficient Staffing with the REP

Through the REP initiative, qualified employers can access Labor Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) valid for up to 36 months and a simplified LMIA application process.

An LMIA is a labor market test for Canadian employers seeking to hire foreign workers under the TFWP. Its purpose is to prove the absence of available Canadian workers for the specific job.

The Canadian government anticipates these measures will assist eligible employers in efficient staffing planning, leading to a reduced three-year LMIA application volume. In addition, recognized employers will enjoy a Job Bank status, signaling their recognized standing to potential workers.

To enroll in the REP program, companies should possess at least three favorable LMIAs for the same occupation within five years from a shortage-designated occupation list derived from Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) data. What’s more, these employers will undergo a thorough initial evaluation based on their TFWP track record, guaranteeing the program targets exemplary recruiters.

The REP’s implementation will occur in two stages. Primary agriculture employers can commence applications in September 2023. Other businesses can apply from January 2024.

The deadline for employer applications for the REP is September 2024.

Qualified REP employers will enjoy a streamlined LMIA application process for COPS-listed positions, resulting in reduced interactions with the Department of Employment and Social Development (ESDC) during the pilot phase. Simplified LMIA forms will facilitate hiring additional temporary foreign workers throughout the REP’s trial period.

The REP, introduced by the Canadian government, is part of various initiatives to enhance the TFWP.

ESDC will conduct informative sessions for stakeholders, offering insights into the REP and application procedures. They will communicate additional details shortly.

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