Canada eases rules for trusted employers to tackle labour shortages

The new programme will make it easier for employers who have a history of following  rules to hire foreign workers


To address labour shortages in certain job sectors, Canada is taking action. The government is launching a programme called the recognised employer pilot (REP) in September. This effort falls within the temporary foreign worker programme (TFWP) and aims to assist employers who consistently abide by the TFWP’s rules.

The main goal of the recognised employer pilot is to simplify things for employers who have a history of following the TFWP’s guidelines. These responsible employers will get a special permission called labour market impact assessments (LMIAs). These permissions will be valid for up to 36 months, giving them more flexibility and reducing the need to renew often. Plus, the process to get these permissions will be made simpler, so employers can understand it better.

LMIAs are like tests that Canadian bosses have to pass. They’re done to make sure there aren’t enough local workers available for the jobs they want to give to foreign workers through TFWP.

The REP aims to help these good employers plan their workforce better. By giving them permission for longer time periods, employers won’t have to apply as many times over three years. Additionally, these recognised employers will be highlighted on the job bank, showing potential workers that they can be trusted.

This plan is Canada’s way of dealing with not having enough workers, especially in specific industries. By making things easier for honest employers who always follow TFWP’s rules, the REP aims to fix the problem of low employee strength and make Canada’s job market work better overall.

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