Several Canadian businesses have been impacted by the many lockdowns over the past two years and are challenged with finding local workers to fill open positions. The companies have been asking the government to allow them access to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. In the fourth quarter of 2021, there were 915,000 open jobs in Canada, which is an increase of more than 80 percent over the last two years, according to Statistics Canada. Accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance, and retail were the three sectors with the most need with over 100,000 open positions. The federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship said as the country starts to recover and looks to fill remaining job openings, the TFW program will be more accessible, agile, and efficient to aid employers looking to hire staff and improve their operations. Now is a good time to consider relocating to Canada.
Temporary foreign workers are able to relocate to Canada with a temporary work permit, with certain legal restrictions on the type of labor they are able to perform. If they aren’t granted permanent residency in Canada they have to leave the country when the work permit expires. Beginning April 20, employers will be able to hire TFWs to make up 20 percent of the workforce instead of 10 percent. The government has also reported a move to remove a total on the number of low-wage positions that seasonal industries can fill using the program. These positions will be allowed in the country for 270 days, instead of the usual 180 days. There are many opportunities for you and your family in Canada. Contact Canadian Visa Expert and ask for information about the immigration process.