July 30, 2014 – Recent reforms to the Temporary Foreign
Worker Program included a new delineation between
"high-wage" and "low-wage" occupations, with
new transition plan requirements for the former and new program
caps and restrictions for the latter.
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has now
clarified the wage requirement.
The wage category, and associated program requirements and
restrictions, is determined based on the prevailing wage for the
occupation in relation to the median wage in that province
or territory. Occupations where the prevailing wage is
at-or-above the median wage in a province or territory are
"high-wage" occupations. Occupations where the
prevailing wage is lower than the median wage in a province or
territory are "low-wage" occupations. It was
previously understood that the program would be delineated based on
the wage being offered and advertised as part of the Labour Market
Impact Assessment. It is important that clients understand that as
a result of this clarification, the wage being offered has no
bearing on the various requirements or restrictions that will form
part of the LMIA applications, including the availability of
For information on prevailing wage by occupation, please see the
Working in Canada website.
For the current median wage by province, please see Employment
and Social Development website.
This clarification will have a significant impact on
employers who are currently in the process of completing Labour
Market Impact Assessment applications. Program restrictions for
low-wage occupations, including caps on low-wage workers and a
moratorium on permits in certain industries and sectors in regions
of high unemployment, will apply irrespective of the wage being
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