Canada – Immigration Updates

 Labour Market Impact Assessment Applications to be Subject to Expanded Advertising Requirements in Canada

What has changed

Effective August 28, 2017, new changes will be implemented in the recruitment requirements for Canadian employers wishing to hire temporary foreign workers through the filing of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

The changes are as follows:

  1. The requirement to advertise on the Government of Canada’s Job Bank will be extended to all employers in all provinces and territories (prior to these changes employers in certain provinces were exempt from having to advertise on Job Bank).
  2. All employers must conduct at least two additional methods of recruitment in addition to the Job Bank requirement;
  3. All employers must use the Job Match service prior to filing an LMIA application.

Job Match is a service that allows employers and job seekers to be matched based on their respective needs and profiles. The service grants employers the ability to view profiles of registered Job Bank users which match the skills and requirements listed in their job posting. Matches are rated using a star system of one to five, with the number of stars increasing with greater compatibility.

Under the new rules:

  • Employers seeking to fill a high-wage position must invite candidates with scores of four stars or more to apply for the position.
  • Employers seeking to fill a low-wage position must invite candidates with scores of two stars or more to apply for the position.

This must be done within the first month (30 days) of the job advertisement on Job Bank.

It should be noted that employers and/or occupations in certain sectors, such as the IT/tech sector, who are qualified to use the recently launched Global Talent Stream, are exempt from the mandatory LMIA advertising requirements.

Who is affected?

  • Canadian employers wishing to hire temporary foreign workers through the filing of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
What you need to do
Planning ahead
  • Be aware that additional steps may be required to secure a LMIA.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

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 Launch of new Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream

What has changed

The Ontario government announced on August 16, 2017, that the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has launched a new pilot for workers in high demand occupations in the agricultural and construction sectors.

In order to be eligible, the foreign national must have 12 months of cumulative work experience in Ontario obtained within the 36 months before the date of the application, as well as a permanent and full-time job offer in an eligible occupation from an Ontario employer. Applicants are also required to meet requisite education, language, and financial requirements.

In addition, specific criteria will also be applied to Ontario employers with respect to activities, business premises, compliance, and annual revenue requirements. This program will only be available to full time employees working in Ontario and will not extend to seasonal or part-time positions, subcontractors, independent contractors, or agency workers.

Who is affected?

  • Employers hiring foreign nationals in the agricultural and construction sectors
What you need to do
Planning ahead
  • Be aware that you may be eligible to take advantage of this pilot program.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.