In response to the growing controversy and criticism of the temporary foreign worker program, the government introduced changes to the Labour Market Opinion Process on April 29th.
– Effective immediately, require employers to pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility of 15%;
– Effective immediately, temporarily suspend the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion process;
– Increase the Government’s authority to suspend and revoke work permits and Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) if the program is being misused;
– Add questions to employer LMO applications to ensure that the TFWP is not used to facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs;
– Ensure employers who rely on temporary foreign workers have a firm plan in place to transition to a Canadian workforce over time through the LMO process;
– Introduce fees for employers for the processing of LMOs and increase the fees for work permits so that the taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the costs; and
– Identify English and French as the only languages that can be used as a job requirement.
Many employers rely on the Temporary Foreign Work Program and a positive LMO to meet their labour needs. However, in recent months, there has been media coverage of alleged employer abuse of the program. The two most recent controversies involved the Royal Bank of Canada, having replaced staff with an outsourcing company. The other involved a mine in Northern BC, where 200 Chinese miners were hired, where the job posting listed Chinese as a requirement. The LMO is an integral part of our immigration system, but will continue to see reforms to ensure employers are first looking locally to hire Canadians before going abroad.
Check out the new Occupation list for the year of 2014
As of May 4, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will accept Federal Skilled Worker applications for the following occupations, without the applicant requiring a job offer.
Applicants must have one year of full-time, continuous paid work experience (or equivalent in part-time) in at least one of these occupations in last ten years:
- 0211 Engineering managers
- 1112 Financial and investment analysts
- 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers
- 2131 Civil engineers
- 2132 Mechanical engineers
- 2134 Chemical engineers
- 2143 Mining engineers
- 2145 Petroleum engineers
- 2144 Geological engineers
- 2146 Aerospace engineers
- 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers/designers)
- 2154 Land surveyors
- 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
- 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
- 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
- 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
- 3142 Physiotherapists
- 3143 Occupational Therapists
- 3211 Medical laboratory technologists
- 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
- 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
- 3215 Medical Radiation Technologists
- 3216 Medical Sonographers
- 3217 Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists
These occupations are either:
- Skill Type 0 (management occupations) or
- Skill Level A (professional occupations) or
- Skill Level B (technical occupations and skilled trades)
There is a cap of 5,000 Applications, with a cap of 300 per occupation. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will not accept any more applications under this stream once the 5000 cap has been met.
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