The Canadian government has extended the temporary measures under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program first introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Points:

  • Until at least Oct. 30, 2023, employers in designated sectors with labor shortages can hire up to 30% of their workforce through the TFWP for low-wage positions.
  • Labor Market Impact Assessments will retain their validity for up to 18 months.
  • Foreign nationals hired through the TFWP will have work authorization for up to two years.

Additional Information: Beginning in April, individuals should submit LMIAs for the TFWP through this online portal. National average processing times for LMIAs have improved by over 10 days in fiscal year 2022-23, Canadian authorities report. Average LMIA processing times have continued to improve and are now at 29 days, down from 40 days at the beginning of this fiscal year.

BAL Analysis: Canadian authorities extended the temporary measures under the TFWP to address labor market shortages across the country and enable qualifying foreign nationals to continue to live and work in the country.

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