• Service: Tax, International Executive Services, Global Compliance Management Services, International Tax
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 5/3/2013

Canada - Changes to the temporary foreign worker program 

May 03:  Canada’s government in April 2013 announced reforms to the temporary foreign worker program. 

The KPMG member firm in Canada produced reports that highlight the proposed changes to the program as well as discuss issues that may not have been clarified by the government but may present important considerations for employers:

  • Significant reform to the foreign worker program: Preliminary analysis – part 1

    There have been comments concerning the Canadian Foreign Work Program, and one complaint has been that Canada has opened its doors to a large pool of temporary workers to the detriment of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who may be qualified to assume the same positions in Canada. These complaints have intensified, and the Canadian government has determined that it is appropriate to take measures to address the perceived issues immediately.

    Read the e-Alert [PDF 69 KB]

  • Important changes: HRSDC minimum advertising requirements

    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) updated the minimum advertising requirements with respect to NOC level ‘0’ (Executives/Managers) and ‘A’ (Professional) positions. In order to meet the requirements, employers must conduct recruitment activities consistent with the profession.

    Read the e-Alert [PDF 52 KB]

  • Port of entry processing: Assessing the climate and developing best practices

    A number of reports have circulated indicating an increased level of scrutiny with respect to temporary work permit and business visitor applications submitted at Canadian ports of entry. These reports coincide with recent media attention on concerns relating to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

    Read the e-Alert [PDF 52 KB]

  • The new federal skilled worker program: Government releases eligible occupation list and other key details

    The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW) is a permanent resident stream available to qualifying candidates inside and outside of Canada. Because the FSW program was viewed as not adequately benefitting the Canadian economy, or allowing successful applicants to work in their field, it has since been redesigned with changes scheduled to be effective 4 May 2013.

    Read the e-Alert [PDF 56 KB]

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