Canada to relax low-skilled LMIA requirements in response to COVID-19
On March 20, 2020, the Canadian government provided an important update on the travel restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID-19, as well as modifications to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
The government announced that a temporary modification is being made to the Labour Market Impact Assessment process for agriculture and food processing employers, as the required 2-week recruitment period will be waived for the next 6 months.
In addition, the Canadian government will be increasing the maximum employment duration for workers in the low-wage stream of the TFWP from 1 to 2 years. This is aimed at improving flexibility of the program and reducing the administrative burden for employers, including those in food processing.
Seasonal agricultural workers, fish/seafood workers, caregivers and all other temporary foreign workers have also been added to the list of foreign nationals who are exempt from the travel ban announced by the government last week. Travel by these individuals will be considered essential travel for the purpose of land border restrictions.
Read the full government announcement here.