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March 22, 2024

Canada announces update on Temporary Foreign Worker Program, LMIA and Temporary Residents

Dear future neighbour,

On Thursday, March 21, 2024, the Immigration Minister,  Marc Miller and Employment Minister, Randy Boissonnault announced an update on Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) as well as other reforms IRCC plans on implementing.

Canada’s temporary resident population has increased, reaching up to 2.5 million (6.2% of the overall Canadian population in 2023). IRCC aims to reduce the temporary resident population to 5% over the next three years.

See below Temporary Residents according to Province as of September, 2023

Ontario, the largest province, has the most of all the categories, followed by Quebec and British Columbia.

Province Total Temporary Residents Asylum Claimants Work Permit Holders Study Permit Holders Both Work and Study Permit Holders Others (mainly refers to family members living with permit holders)
Ontario 986,863 90,793 419,475 284,739 159,806 32,050
Quebec 470,976 146,723 200,522 63,799 38,858 21,074
British Columbia 400,964 11,384 196,259 138,434 38,848 16,039
Alberta 150,320 5,766 89,575 36,576 11,013 7,390
Manitoba 60,615 1,434 32,608 18,068 6,652 1,853
Nova Scotia 45,794 325 20,712 13,619 9,056 2,082
Saskatchewan 30,704 236 15,512 10,512 2,957 1,487
New Brunswick 27,458 188 13,864 7,476 4,626 1,304
Newfoundland and Labrador 12,911 73 6,063 5,017 1,186 572
Prince Edward Island 9,953 26 5,192 3,702 745 288
Yukon 1,446 0 1,120 217 80 29
Northwest Territories 567 7 490 38 20 12
Nunavut 108 3 87 4 3 11

Canada has set an annual target for all economic immigration programs of 266,210 for 2023, with a goal of exceeding 301,000 by 2025.

In order to put a cap on the number of temporary foreign workers allowed into Canada as the gap between unemployment and job vacancies is gradually closing up. The validity of the LMIA program was extended to 12 months during the pandemic to help ease labour market conditions. However, from May 1, 2024, the validity period for LMIA will return to 6 months. This change will not affect employers part of the Recognised Employer Pilot program.

All the employers identified in the 2022 workforce solution roadmap will have a reduction from 30% to 20% of their workforce coming through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program under the low wage stream of TFWP.

The healthcare and construction sectors are exempted from the above-mentioned new TFWP measure until August 31, 2024. Employers in the agriculture sector are also not affected by the new TFWP measures.

Currently, the number of Canadian Permanent Residency spots available through economic immigration is limited compared to the Temporary Residents in Canada. Canadian immigration is now very competitive as it targets people with expertise in occupations with labour shortage,  Francophones and those with 3-4 years of experience with a high level of education.

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