Human Resources Legislative Update
Federal Government to Extend Temporary Measures under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Date: March 28, 2023
On March 27, 2023, the federal government announced the extension of temporary measures introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program.
As stated in the announcement, the extended measures include:
- Permitting employers in seven key sectors with demonstrated labour shortages to hire up to 30% of their workforce through the TFW Program; these sectors include accommodation and food services, construction, and food manufacturing.
- Keeping the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) validity period at up to 18 months.
- Maintaining the maximum duration of employment for low-wage positions at up to two years.
The government also announced that the TFW Program will begin transitioning to the LMIA Online Portal as the primary method to submit LMIAs, effective April 3, 2023.
The temporary measures will be in effect until October 30, 2023.
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