ESDC has set out new data that employers using the Temporary
Foreign Worker Program need to be aware of when making LMIA
Based on 2014 data, the new wage information will be utilized
starting on April 30, 2015. The prior wage information was based on
The list of provincial median hourly wages has been updated.
This is the figure that dictates whether an LMIA application is
considered to be a "high-wage" or "low-wage"
position. A high-wage position application will usually require a
Transition Plan as part of the LMIA application. A
"low-wage" position application does not require a
Transition Plan, but will usually be subject to a cap on the number
of low-wage positions that may be filled by foreign nationals.
The figures for the top 10% wage earners for each province have
also been revised. If the wage being offered for a position is at
or above the top 10% for the province where the position will be
located, the LMIA application is supposed to be eligible for 10 day
speed of service from ESDC.
Employers using the LMIA process should always take steps to
ensure that they are utilizing the most up to date application
forms and data when applying for an LMIA, and it is therefore
recommended that employers refer to the ESDC website each time they
make and LMIA application.
February 8, 2017 - Federal immigration authorities conducted the 4th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2017 and 54th overall, inviting 3664 candidates for permanent residence, the largest to-date. The lowest CRS score was 447, continuing a steady decline from previous draws.
Settlement funds required for new immigrants coming to Canada under two federal programs have increased for 2017. As a result of the increases, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada has urged those affected candidates in the Express Entry Pool to update their profiles.
On February 20th 2017 Ontario will begin opening its popular streams.
The OINP's International Masters Graduate Stream, International PhD
Graduate Stream and Express Entry Human Capital Priority Stream will all
begin receiving applications for 2017 allocations.
Ontario has opened the most popular streams of its Immigrant Nominee Program. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program's International Masters Graduate Stream, International PhD Graduate Stream and Express Entry Human Capital Priority Stream opened on February 21, 2017.
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