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Important Changes to Temporary Worker Program

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Important Changes to Temporary Worker Program

Post Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 5:50 am

Hi All,

HRSDC (Human Resources and Social Development Canada), and CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) announced additional improvements to the Temporary Foreign Worker program.

These improvements address challenges that Canadian employers face in filling labour shortages and so help Canada stay competitive and contribute to a strong economy.

"Canada is making changes to our Temporary Foreign Worker program to make it faster and easier for Canadian employers to meet their labour force needs," said HRSDC Minister Monte Solberg. "Employers who have exhausted their search for Canadian workers often need to hire temporary foreign workers to work for a period longer than a year, and today's announcement will allow this to happen."

"The changes will reduce the time that employers have to wait to get the workers they need," said CIC Minister Diane Finley. "As well, extending the time that workers can stay in Canada provides more security and stability to the workers and to the employers."


Additional Improvements to the Foreign Worker Program, include:

- To extend the duration of the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from up to 12 months, to up to 24 months in length where appropriate. A Labour Market Opinion (LMO) is an assessment of the likely impact a temporary offer of employment will have on the Canadian labour market.


- Effective February 23, 2007 this extension affects those foreign workers working in Canada under the Pilot Project for Occupations Requiring Lower Levels of Formal Training (National Occupational Classification (NOC) C and D categories). The list of jobs requiring less formal training can be found under occupations NOC C and D on the National Occupational Classification website at:
www23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/...matrix.pdf


- To enable employers to complete the "Foreign Worker Application (Application for a Labour Market Opinion)" form online as of April 1, 2007. Employers will be able to access information about applying online by mid-March 2007, following this link: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/epb...ntro.shtml


- To extend the duration of the LMO under the Live-in Caregiver Program from 1 year to a maximum of 3 years and 3 months when requested by the employer. Effective February 23, 2007 live-in caregivers will be eligible for work permits for the same time period. Therefore, most live-in caregivers who remain with the same employer will no longer have to apply every year to have their work permits renewed; and


- To expedite the process for employers hiring a foreign worker by allowing work permit applications to be processed at the same time as the application for an LMO, if requested by the worker. Effective February 23, 2007 this concurrent processing of the employer's LMO and the foreign national's work permit should reduce the total processing time for these applications.

Info Source: news.gc.ca/cfmx/view/e...eid=278449


Any questions at all, just let me know...

Regards,
Paul-F


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Re: Important Changes to Temporary Worker Program

Post Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 6:10 am

thanks for the posting paul -very useful

 

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Re: Important Changes to Temporary Worker Program

Post Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2007 10:42 am

Hi Paul

Very useful info, and that Dianne Findlay is great, lovely lady - I have to say that Smile

Ok yes I will ask a question, not because I am lazy to look it up but I am too tired! My hours in the day are disappearing fast and for someone who didnt want to work the school have me pretty busy right now lol I think because I live 20 yards away they think I should have a bed in there!

Anyway, because I have done not much about too much I am definitely going to have to apply for an extension to hubby's work permit, do you think I could apply for that now and get the three year one although mine doesnt run out till August? You know what, I think I am too tired to get the words out in the right order here.

What I am saying is that I want a longer permit but I want it now so I can then decide whether to go ahead and buy a house or move anyway because I dont like this rabbit hutch!

 

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Re: Important Changes to Temporary Worker Program

Post Posted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:24 am

Hi Annette

I know that you can apply at any time to extend your permits. My friends had problems getting their kids into school because their permits were made out for less than one year (one week short), so they applied for an extension. Bear in mind you have to pay for all the permits again....we are considering this, but at the moment we have asked Dave's employer to sponsor him for PNP. The employer has agreed but is dragging his heels with the paperwork...I'm reluctant to pay an immigration lawyer. Time is ticking on and we really want to get our PR application in. The skilled worker route is much more long winded and don't fancy applying that way because of the information they need. PNP is just based on the main applicant's history and we only need to have police and medical checks.

HTH and good luck with whatever you decide Very Happy

 

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Re: Important Changes to Temporary Worker Program

Post Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:13 pm

Hello there,
I am from Canada but currently a journalism student at Cardiff University. I am writing an article on the Temporary Foreign Worker programme in Canada and was wondering if anyone would mind answering a few questions for the article.
Thanks for your help!
Nicole L-S

 

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Re: Important Changes to Temporary Worker Program

Post Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 4:38 pm

Just a point and word of caution - Not all work permits are extendable - it largely depends upon the NOC category for the job in question.

for example Truck drivers are category D and after their permit expires (now 24 months) they have to leave canada for 4 months before being eligible to apply for another permit albeit for the same job & employer.

Nicolels - welcome

If I Can be of help I dont mind answering a few questions through the forum, but I havent actually got a work permit myslef .. I am awaiting PR in the business class . However, I am currently supplying truck drivers from the Uk to Canada and am learning a heck of lot about work permits along the way. Smile

 

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Re: Important Changes to Temporary Worker Program

Post Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:24 am

Hi

I don't mind answering questions too, we're currently on 1 year work permits, but are now applying for PR via PNP, finally have the paperwork, hooray!! Laughing

Mel

 

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