CHANGE INTENDED TO BENEFIT EMPLOYERS WHO ARE STILL FACING DIFFICULTIES FINDING WORKERS

From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

CHANGE INTENDED TO BENEFIT EMPLOYERS WHO ARE STILL FACING DIFFICULTIES FINDING WORKERS

August 24, 2020 – Ottawa – Visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, will be allowed to work without having to leave the country (such as in normal conditions), thanks to a new policy announced today by Marco El Mendicino, Federal Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC).

This temporary policy change will take effect immediately and will benefit Canadian employers who continue to face difficulties in finding the workers they need, as well as temporary residents who would like to contribute their labour and skills to Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this pandemic, temporary residents who remained in Canada were encouraged to maintain their legal status, extending it regularly by obtaining successive visitor records. With limited air travel around the world, some visitors to Canada were unable to leave, while some foreign workers were forced to change their status from “foreign worker” to visitor because their work permit was expiring and they didn’t have a job offer to be able to apply for a new work permit. At the same time, many employers in Canada have experienced an acute labor shortage, including those who provide important goods and services.

In order to benefit from the new public policy, an applicant must:

• Effectively have visitor status on August 24, 2020 (including implied status) and remain in Canada.

• Have a job offer from a Canadian employer that has either validated it by obtaining a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from the ESDC (Employment and Social Development Canada), or offers a position that is exempt from obtaining an LMIA (under the International Mobility Program).

• Submit an application for an employer-specific work permit that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment, no later than March 31, 2021.

  • Meet all other standard admissibility criteria.

This temporary public policy also allows applicants who meet the above criteria and who, in addition, have had a work permit valid for the last 12 months, to start working for their new employer even before the work permit application is approved. To do this, they must follow the instructions described HERE.

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