The Temporary Foreign Worker program was a popular program with
employers in Canada. For some employers, it was favoured because it
delivered a large number of low cost motivated employees on an
expedited basis. This was the positive aspect of the program.
Unfortunately, the program was also well-liked for less than
The Temporary Foreign Worker program suffered from a fatal flaw
found in human nature. Greed led too many employers to abuse
foreign workers, simply because it was easy to do so and it made
some employers a lot of money. The abuses have been well documented
by the media and there is no need to recite the abuses in this
The good news is that the Government of Canada has taken steps
to ensure that employers in Canada continue to have access to
skilled and unskilled employees at the same level of supply as was
available prior to the termination of the Temporary Foreign Workers
For skilled labour, the Federal and Provincial Governments have
instituted strategies to stream line approvals and entry to Canada
for foreign workers who desire to take up jobs indefinitely. The
programs and strategies are generally identified as follows:
Skilled Workers (without an offer of
Skilled Workers (with an offer of
Provincial Nominee Program
These programs will be managed together under one over all
strategy to be called "Express Entry". This new skilled
worker immigration strategy will be implemented as of January 1,
Miller Thomson has a team of lawyers with extensive experience
assisting employers access skilled foreign workers on an expedited
What You Can Do
The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honourable
Chris Alexander, and his advisors are currently holding meetings
across the country to seek stake holder input. The goal is to
ensure that the introduction of the Express Entry goes smoothly and
that the right workers for the right jobs are expedited to their
positions. One way that the Federal Government will help ensure a
smooth implementation is to reserve most of the 2015 entries on
It is important to remember that where there is no Canadian
available for a particular skilled position, an employer is
entitled to quickly bring to Canada an immigrant to fill the job.
There is no quota on such immigration.
For unskilled labour, employers are now being directed to three
areas of focus to secure large numbers of motivated employees:
Provincial nomination agreements
between Canada and most provinces and territories allow the
immigration of labourers;
First Nations initiatives in
collaboration with a number of Federal Government Departments will
identify sources of labour from under-employed communities;
Labour unions such as Labourers'
International Union of North America ("LIUNA") have
collaborated in the Helmets to Hardhats program and other
initiatives to deliver the Canadian resident labourers needed to
complete large and small infrastructure projects in Canada on time
and under budget.
Under the Express Entry system, Labour Market Impact Assessments
will continue to be a primary tool for determining whether an
individual will be admitted to work in Canada.
Miller Thomson lawyers are able to assist employers secure
Labour Market Impact Assessments and to navigate the entire process
efficiently and effectively
With the large increase in immigrants to Canada this year, one
can anticipate that the resources of the Government of Canada will
be under great strain (the 150,000 new immigrants to Canada so far
this year sets a pace that is double that of last year).
Furthermore, the Government of Canada plans to accept almost
300,000 new permanent residents to Canada in 2015.This means that
the personal assistance for Government that was at one time
available for employers and employees is no longer available.
Our personal assistance and dedication to your success has not
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September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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