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Changes to the Labour Market Impact Assessment Fees

In order to hire a foreign worker in Canada, most employers require government approval before hiring a foreign worker. Employers may apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), formerly known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO). These applications are sent to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and they assess an offer of employment to ensure that the employment…

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Abrupt Changes to the Canadian Experience Class Announced

On November 8, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced changes to the Canadian Experience Class. Effective the next day, Citizenship and Immigration Canada imposed an annual cap on the number of applications accepted under the Canadian Experience Class. Between November 9, 2013 and October 31, 2014, the annual cap is set at 12,000 with sub-caps of 200 for…

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Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Announced

The government announced new changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program yesterday. These changes are designed to ensure employers put more effort into recruiting and training Canadians to fill available positions. The proposed changes are as follows: effective immediately, require employers to pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility; effective immediately, temporarily suspend the Accelerated…

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