Canada to Introduce Stricter Sanctions for Employers Hiring Temporary Workers from Nigeria and Other Countries

The Canadian government will soon enforce stiffer criteria for firms hiring Nigerians and other foreign nationals for temporary positions.

Randy Boissonnault, the country’s Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Official Languages, has announced the end of several time-limited programs under the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Programme Workforce Solutions Road Map.

The measures will expire earlier than expected this year.

Beginning May 1, 2024, the Labour Impact Assessment (LMIA) validity period will be cut to six months, shortening the time window for foreigners to apply for work permits.

Furthermore, the country has reduced the restriction on low-wage temporary foreign workers in various areas from 30% to 20%.

Before applying for an LMIA, firms should consider other possibilities, such as hiring asylum seekers with legitimate work permits.

The minister stated that the workers are critical in addressing short-term labor shortages and skill gaps, increasing the country’s competitiveness, and giving practical experience for foreigners.

Canada has stated that beginning January 1, 2024, companies must review the compensation of temporary foreign workers to line with the current wage rates for their specific occupation and work region.

According to report, the country will prioritize job prospects for Canadians while respecting the rights of temporary foreign workers.

The initiatives aim to minimize Canada’s reliance on temporary foreign workers while also making it easier to fill job openings by helping Canadian workers.

According to reports, the Temporary Foreign Worker Programme (TFWP) does not limit the amount of work permits requested or awarded each year in order to meet demand for temporary talents.

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