Harper Government announces reforms to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Posted on April 29, 2013

Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Diane Finley and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney announced that there will be reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). These reforms will require that greater efforts be made to recruit and train Canadians to fill available jobs and will ensure that the TFWP is only used to fill acute labour shortages on a temporary basis.

Some of these changes to the TFWP will include:

  • Employers must pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage by removing existing wage flexibility (effective immediately);
  • Temporary suspension of Accelerated Labour Market Opinion Process (effective immediately);
  • Increase in the government’s authority to suspend and revoke work permits and Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) if the program is being misused;
  • Add questions to employer LMO applications to ensure that the TFWP is not used to facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs;
  • Employers who rely on temporary foreign workers must have a plan in place to transition to a Canadian workforce over time;
  • New fees for employers for the processing of LMOs and increase the fees for work permits;
  • English and French will be the only languages that can be used as a job requirement.

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Minister Kenney celebrates graduates of the Federal Internship for Newcomers Program

Posted on April 22, 2013

This year, there were 70 graduates of the Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program. The FIN program provides permanent residents and new citizens temporary placements to gain the Canadian work experience they need to enter the Canadian work force. Participating newcomers complete internships in fields such as policy, administration, finance, computer science, project management, and science. Since the FIN program was first launched in 2010, approximately 200 newcomers in several cities across Canada have taken part.

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Minister Kenney launches videos to help newcomers settle

Posted on April 19, 2013

New immigrants can now access two new videos at cic.gc.ca to help them navigate their way before and during their first weeks in Canada. The Before Arriving in Canada video recommends that newcomers bring all their personal identification documents with them and have all their official documents translated into English or French before coming to Canada, among many other recommendations. The Your First Two Weeks in Canada video explains the importance of obtaining a Social Insurance Number, contacting a local settlement organization and finding employment.

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New Federal Skilled Worker Class opens May 4, 2013

Posted on April 18, 2013

A new Federal Skilled Worker Program is starting May 4, 2013. The program will have a few key elements including:

  • A new eligible occupations list with 24 occupations.
  • An overall cap of 5,000 new applications for all eligible occupations; including a sub-cap of 300 new applications for each eligible occupation.
  • Four organizations have been designated to conduct educational credential assessments.
  • Applicants must show proof that they meet the minimum threshold of Canadian Language Benchmark 7 in all four language skill areas: speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension.

Applications under this new program will be processed in approximately one year.

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Revamped “Welcome to Canada” Guide and New “Living in Canada” Tool

Posted on April 2, 2013

CIC’s new publication, Welcome to Canada, is the official handbook to assist immigrants in preparing to come to Canada and to help them navigate their way during their first months in Canada. The guide features practical information on such topics as how to access language classes, basic information about Canada’s education system, laws and the justice system, the labour market and much more. This is the first time that the Welcome to Canada guide has been revamped since its introduction in 1997.

The Living in Canada Tool provides a semi-customized settlement plan filled with tips, next steps, and useful links based on user responses to initial questions.

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