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Canada announces changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to better address labour market needs

March 31, 2024

Immigration Minister Marc Miller and Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault have announced changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

During the pandemic, Canada unleashed a series of temporary measures to help ease labour market conditions. Now, however, Canada has begun to undo these temporary measures.

“We are now in a different economic picture. With the gap between unemployment and job vacancies closing, a tightening labour market… some of these measures are no longer needed” said Minister Boissonault.

The TFWP was designed to issue work permits to foreign nationals who can help fill labour market gaps in Canada. Businesses in Canada that wish to hire foreign nationals through the TFWP must support their application with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) that demonstrates there were no qualified Canadians or permanent residents to fill the role.