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Canada Introduces New Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Canada is reversing several temporary measures which became effective during the COVID-19 pandemic to address labor market needs.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will adopt new measures as the gap between job vacancies and unemployment is narrowing. The measures during the pandemic were suitable for supporting acute labor shortages. Changes in market conditions made some of these measures obsolete.

Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan did not cover temporary resident targets until now. IRCC will include temporary resident targets in the Immigration Levels Plan, with effect from fall 2024. The new measures will probably impact the selection process of permanent residents.

There will be more emphasis on candidates living in Canada by holding valid Temporary Resident Visas for selection through Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs. These changes will reduce the LMIA validity from 12 months to 6 months from May 1, 2024. The 12-month LMIA validity was in place to address severe labor shortages during the COVID 10 pandemic.

Canada plans to pursue the 2024-26 Immigration Levels Plan by welcoming over 450,000 new immigrants during the period. The move will enable Canada to control the excess growth in the country’s population because of immigration, besides allowing provincial and federal governments to help newcomers integrate well into communities. 

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