The Canadian government has launched a new Recognized Employer Pilot under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Key Points:

  • REP is a three-year initiative intended to address labor shortages and reduce paperwork for employers who have complied with program requirements when hiring foreign workers in the past.
  • Benefits to eligible employers include Labor Market Impact Assessments that are valid for 36 months and have a simplified application process.
  • The pilot will roll out in two phases: first, primary agriculture employers will be eligible in September 2023; all other employers will be eligible in January 2024. Applications will close in September 2024.

Additional Information: Employers eligible for REP must have at least three positive LMIAs for the same occupation over the last five years, and the occupation must be on the shortage list, as designated by the Canadian Occupational Projection System. More information about REP is available here.

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