An expanded pool of Canadian employers now has the opportunity to engage in the Recognized Employer Pilot Program (REP), a strategic initiative crafted to expedite processes for those demonstrating compliance with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Within the framework of REP, qualifying employers stand to gain from the extension of the validity periods of Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) and the streamlining of LMIA applications following the initial assessment.
The eligibility criteria for Recognized Employer Pilot Program participation stipulate that an employer must have secured a minimum of three positive LMIAs over the past five years. Moreover, they should be actively recruiting Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) for positions identified as ‘in-shortage’ based on insights from the Canadian Occupations Projection System (COPS). This program aims to enhance efficiency and responsiveness in the Canadian labor market, ensuring a smoother integration of skilled foreign workers where their contributions are most needed.
Over 80 in-demand occupations from various sectors are now eligible for the REP, signifying a substantial program expansion.
In reference to the eligibility for work permits under the Global Talent Stream, EDSC emphasizes that such occupations are deliberately excluded from the list. The rationale behind this exclusion is rooted in the fact that these occupations already enjoy eligibility for expedited processing.
Regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), Canadian employers intending to hire applicants through this program are required to submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to ESDC. The department meticulously evaluates these applications to determine the prospective impact, whether positive, negative, or neutral, on Canada’s labor market and economy. If ESDC concludes that the impact will be either neutral or positive, the employer is likely to gain approval to hire foreign workers.
Employees engaged through the TFWP receive closed work permits, denoting that they are restricted from working for any other employer within Canada. ESDC conducts thorough checks to ensure employer compliance with various conditions. Employers are required to adhere to provincial and territorial employment regulations. They must fulfill agreed-upon wage commitments outlined in employment contracts. Additionally, they need to provide safe working conditions free from any form of abuse.