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Important COVID-19 updates to LMIA recruitment requirements and processing standards



Effective June 10, 2020 and until further notice, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is prioritizing certain occupations which are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some occupations are being exempt from minimum recruitment requirements and receiving priority processing, while others are being prioritized but they must still follow recruitment requirements. The list of occupations currently eligible (which updates the March 20, 2020 list) is reproduced below.


Priority Processing for All Provinces Except Quebec


The TFWP is prioritizing and waiving minimum recruitment requirements for the following occupations:

  • 6331-Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers-retail and wholesale

  • 8252- Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

  • 8431- General Farm Workers

  • 8432- Nursery and Greenhouse Workers

  • 8611- Harvesting labourers

  • 9462- Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

  • 9463- Fish and seafood plant workers

  • 9617- Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing

  • 9618- Labourers in fish and seafood processing

The TFWP is prioritizing and not waiving the minimum recruitment requirements for the following occupations:

  • 3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

  • 3111 - Specialist physicians

  • 3112 - General practitioners and family physicians

  • 3124 - Allied primary health practitioners

  • 3131 - Pharmacists

  • 3211 - Medical laboratory technologists

  • 3212 - Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants

  • 3214 - Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

  • 3219 - Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)

  • 3233 - Licensed practical nurses

  • 3237 - Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

  • 3413 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

  • 3414 - Other assisting occupations in support of health services

  • 6731 - Light duty cleaners

  • 7511 - Transport truck drivers

Priority Processing in Quebec


The TFWP in Quebec is prioritizing and waiving minimum recruitment requirements for the following occupations:

  • 3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

  • 3111 - Specialist physicians

  • 3112 - General practitioners and family physicians

  • 3124 - Allied primary health practitioners

  • 3131 - Pharmacists

  • 3211 - Medical laboratory technologists 9463- Fish and seafood plant workers

  • 3212 - Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants

  • 3214 - Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists

  • 3219 - Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)

  • 3233 - Licensed practical nurses

  • 3237 - Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

  • 3413 - Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates

  • 3414 - Other assisting occupations in support of health services

  • 6731 - Light duty cleaners

  • 6331- Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers-retail and wholesale

  • 8252- Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

  • 8431- General Farm Workers

  • 8432- Nursery and Greenhouse Workers

  • 8611- Harvesting labourers

  • 9462- Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers

  • 9463- Fish and seafood plant workers

  • 9617- Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing

  • 9618- Labourers in fish and seafood processing

The TFWP in Quebec is prioritizing and not waiving the minimum recruitment requirements for the following occupation:

  • 7511 - Transport truck drivers

Additional Recruitment due to COVID-19


Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) also announced that due to the economic impact of COVID-19, such as higher unemployment rates, recruitment efforts are required to take place under the current labour market to ensure that Canadians and Permanent Residents continue to be considered first for available jobs. This policy applies to pending LMIA applications received prior to June 15, 2020, and includes the following:

  • Any advertisements posted before March 15, 2020 may need to be re-posted for an additional two consecutive weeks

  • If applicable, Service Canada will contact the employer regarding re-advertising requirements

  • When re-advertising, employers must also meet all the minimum recruitment requirements described below

ESDC also recently updated the estimated processing times of all LMIA applications. You can read more about it here.


Learn more about LMIA applications with our CPD course "Mastering the Labour Market Impact Assessment" taught by Andrew Carvajal. More information and registration available here: https://www.lpen.ca/mastering-the-lmia-application

Follow more of LPEN's coverage on COVID-19 and its impact on Canadian immigration practice. This includes government directives and the latest news www.lpen.ca/covid19



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