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CANADA – Recognized Employer Pilot Program Launched
August 25, 2023
The Government of Canada announced the launch of the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) program as part of the larger Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The goal of the REP is to ease some of the administrative burden for Canadian companies looking to hire foreign workers for specific roles.
The REP is intended to reduce the amount of time employers need to spend on conducting Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs). The LMIA is currently required by the Canadian government to both show a given job cannot be filled by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and that hiring a foreign worker will not negatively impact Canadian citizens or permanent residents. A “positive” LMIA shows both the position cannot be filled from within Canada and hiring a foreign worker will not have a negative impact on the Canadian job market.
To qualify for the REP, an employer must show they have three positive LMIAs during the previous five years, and the position must be listed as an in-shortage job. The REP program will be open first to employers in the agriculture sector, before expanding to other sectors in January 2024.