July 30, 2014 – Recent reforms to the Temporary Foreign
Worker Program included measures to provide for expedited
processing for certain applications. Labour Market Impact
Assessment applications meeting certain requirements will be
eligible for 10-business-day expedited processing.
Highest Demand Occupations are those
occupations included on the list of skilled trades where the
prevailing wage for that occupation is at-or-above the median wage
for the province in which the employee will be working. The
list of eligible skilled trades may be updated based on changing
demand and need.
Highest Paid Occupations are those occupations
where the prevailing wage for that occupation is in the top 10% of
wages earned by Canadians in the province or territory where the
employee will be working. This category will generally
include only the highest paid professional such as senior
executives and physicians.
Shortest Duration Occupations are those
occupations where the proposed employment is 120 calendar days or
less and the prevailing wage for that occupation is at-or-above the
median wage for the province or territory where the employee will
By way of example, a Computer
Programmer (NOC 2174) commands a prevailing wage of $33.65/hour in
Toronto. A Labour Market Impact Assessment for this position
would require a transition plan, but would not be eligible for
10-business-day processing. Irrespective of the wage being
offered, the prevailing wage for this occupation in Toronto is not
in the top 10% of wages earned by Canadians in Ontario. In
the alternative, should the proposed employment be for 120 calendar
days or less, this Computer Programmer would then be eligible for
10-business-day expedited processing.
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.
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