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Canada to open door to more temporary foreign workers


Canada announced that it is relaxing temporary foreign workers program rules to address labour shortages in the country. Canada is experiencing a low unemployment rate and high job vacancies at the same time.

See also:

7 steps to get Canada temporary foreign worker permit.


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The government announced the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Program Workforce Solutions Road Map (TFW program) on April 4, 2022. The new policy will bring in more temporary foreign workers to fill jobs to boost the labour force.


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The new policy also includes pathways for more temporary foreign workers to become Canadian permanent residents.


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The following sectors face the highest number of vacancies in Canada:

  • Accommodation and Food Services – 130,070 vacancies
  • Health Care and Social Assistance – 119,590 vacancies
  • Retail Trade – 103,990 vacancies
  • Manufacturing – 81,775 vacancies

Did you know that approximately 50,000 to 60,000 foreign agricultural workers come to work in Canada each year? This accounts for more than 60% of all foreign workers entering Canada under the TFW Program.

Key measures to increase TFW

Canada will implement five key policy changes in the coming weeks as part of the temporary foreign workers program. Effective immediately:

  • There will no longer be a limit to the number of low-wage positions that employers in seasonal industries can fill through the temporary foreign workers program. This is to address seasonal peaks in industries such as fish and seafood processing. In addition, the maximum duration of these positions is now increased from 180 days to 270 days per year.
  • Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) will be valid for 18 months, an increase from 9 months. (Prior to COVID-19, LMIA’s were valid for 6 months).
  • The maximum duration of employment for High-Wage and Global Talent Streams workers will be extended from two years to three years. This extension will help workers access pathways to qualify for permanent residency.

And effective April 30, 2022:

  • Employers will be able to hire up to 30% of their workforce through the temporary foreign workers program for low-wage positions for one year.  This applies to seven sectors with demonstrated labour shortages, such as Accommodation and Food Services. Also, all other employers will be allowed to hire up to 20% of their workforce for low-wage positions until further notice.
  • The current policy that automatically refuses LMIA applications for low-wage occupations will no longer apply. This is specific to the Accommodation and Food Services and Retail Trade sectors in regions with an unemployment rate of 6% or higher.

Canada is strongly supporting foreign temporary workers

Canada continues to support foreign temporary workers once they arrive in the country. It recently implemented a series of measures to increase capacity and expedite the processing of LMIA applications. This includes increasing staffing resources in all regions, including Quebec. Employers also now have the tool to submit their application online to reduce processing time.

Canada also continues to put stringent measures in place to protect the health and safety of foreign temporary workers in the country. For example, Canada has a plan that targets higher-risk employers. These include:

  • further strengthening inspection tools and mandatory training;
  • a tip line service that enables workers to flag any situation of abuse or misuse of the program; and also
  • expanding its work with consulates to identify concerns that need immediate attention.

And in July 2021, Canada published new proposed regulations to help prevent the mistreatment or abuse of foreign temporary workers during in Canada.

See also Ontario increases health and safety inspections to protect migrant workers.

Also in 2021, Canada announced to spend 49.5 million over three years to support community-based organizations that serves migrant workers. Examples are on-arrival orientation services and assistance in emergency and at-risk situations.


You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.