Starting February 21, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
("CIC") will require employers hiring temporary foreign
workers ("TFWs") that are exempt from the Labour Market
Impact Assessment ("LMIA") process to pay a new fee to
CIC. The fee per work permit will be CAD $230 (payable online by
employers). Employers will also need to submit new and additional
information about their business and an additional form, even when
TFWs are applying at a Canadian port of entry.
Once the new system kicks in, any foreign national exempt from a
LMIA will only be able to get a Canadian employer-specific work
permit if their Canadian employer has submitted the required
information and paid the applicable fee
before their work permit application
is submitted or made at a port of entry.
By implementing this fee, CIC hopes to cover the cost of their
new employer compliance system which will see inspections of
Canadian employers that use TFWs. Reminiscent of ESDC's
compliance system, non-compliance could mean administrative
monetary penalties, bans from using TFWs, or even criminal
investigation and prosecution in serious cases of abuse by
Open Work Permit Holders
While the CAD $230 fee does not apply to open work permit
holders (including accompanying spouses, Post Graduate Work Permit
holders, International Experience Canada participants with
open work permits and permanent resident applicants with positive
eligibility decisions), a new CAD $100 fee will be collected from
open work permit applicants starting on February 21, 2015 (paid
online at time of application). CIC is implementing this new fee to
provide revenue for improved data collection and reporting on the
role of open work permit holders in the Canadian labour market.
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