Due to recent media coverage of allegations that certain fast
food restaurants have been misusing the Temporary Foreign Worker
Program, on April 24, 2014, Minister Jason Kenny announced an
immediate moratorium on the Food Services Sector's access to
the program. Therefore, Employment and Social Development
Canada (ESDC) will not process any new or pending LMO applications
related to the Food Services Sector. Any unfilled positions
related to a previously approved LMO will be suspended. This
moratorium will remain in effect until the Temporary Foreign Worker
Program has been reviewed.
Minister Kenny further announced that abuse of the Temporary
Foreign Worker Program will not be tolerated and allegations
against employers will continue to be investigated and any employer
found to have violated the rules of the program will face serious
Effective April 24, 2014, ESDC will no longer process LMOs for
occupations in the Food Services Sector. Additionally, LMOs will
not be processed for occupations classified by the 2002 North
American Industrial Classification System (NAICS 2002) in Food Services and Drinking
Places (NAICS subsector 722). Certain occupations
related to sales and service and sales and service management as
set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC 2006) will be affected. Employers
that have submitted applications and paid the processing fee, but
have not yet received an LMO, will be refunded the full processing
fee. Unfilled positions on approved LMOs that have been issued to
employers for these sectors will be suspended and accordingly,
these LMOs can no longer be used to obtain a work permit.
List of all sales and services occupations
affected by moratorium
(Skill type 6
based on NOC-2006)
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related
Restaurant and food service managers
Food service supervisors
Food and beverage servers
Sales, marketing and advertising managers
Retail trade manager
Accommodation service managers
Other services managers
Retail trade supervisors
Dry cleaning and laundry supervisors
Other service supervisors
Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade
Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and
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