2023년 8월 16일
Canada's New REP: Easier Foreign Worker Sponsorship
Canada's Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) addresses labor shortages by easing the hiring of foreign workers under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
What is the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP)?The REP offers a strategic solution that aligns the interests of employers, employees, and the Canadian economy.
- Eligible employers with a demonstrated history of adhering to program requirements will gain access to Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) that remain valid for an impressive 36 months. This extended validity period enables employers to plan their staffing needs more effectively and substantially reducing the administrative overhead associated with repeated CanadaLMIA applications.
- For employers in need of additional workers from the same occupation during the pilot, the REP offers a simplified LMIA application process. This measure serves as a tangible testament to the government's commitment to reducing unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles and facilitating the hiring process.
- Participation in the REP requires employers to have secured a minimum of three positive LMIAjobs for the same occupation over the past five years, based on the Canadian Occupational Projection System data. This prerequisite ensures that the program targets employers with a track record of engagement in roles that are in high demand.
Prior ProcessPrior to the launch of REP, employers also enjoy a somewhat simple LMIA application process if their most recent LMIA application was positive. This application must have been submitted in the last two years. Eligible employers do not have to provide documents to prove that: 1) they are providing services or products allowed in Canada, 2) they have the financial capacity to hire these additional workers. Normally, employers would have to provide recent corporate tax returns, payroll records, accountant/lawyer’s attestations and etc. This alleviated the burden of paperwork on employers who frequently need to hire foreign workers to fill labour shortages.
- Starting in September 2023, primary agriculture employers will have the opportunity to apply for the program, reflecting the government's recognition of the specific needs of various industries.
- In January 2024, all other employers across sectors will be eligible to apply for REP, creating a comprehensive approach that covers the diverse spectrum of the Canadian job market.
- To ensure a smooth and efficient application process for REP under the TFW Program, eligible employers will receive proactive invitations to apply.
- These invitations will involve a dual-purpose LMIA application, tailored specifically for REP, setting it apart from the regular LMIA process. This unique application allows employers to seek recognized status under REP while simultaneously applying for the LMIA.
- Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will evaluate REP eligibility based on an employer's track record within the TFW Program. In cases where recognized status isn't granted, employers will still maintain eligibility to use the TFW Program, and ESDC will continue assessing their LMIA applications.
Two pathways are available for submitting an LMIA and REP application:
- LMIA Online Portal: This secure and dependable online platform enables employers to complete and submit their applications to ESDC electronically.
- Valid Exemption to LMIA Online Portal: If employers possess legitimate proof of exemption from the LMIA Online Portal, they can opt to submit a PDF application form to ESDC via email.
Eligible employers can anticipate several benefits from participating in REP:
- A streamlined application process for forthcoming LMIA applications pertaining to positions listed in the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS).
- Fewer points of contact with ESDC during the pilot phase due to simplified LMIA forms. This streamlining facilitates the hiring of additional Temporary Foreign Workers for genuine job offers throughout the REP duration.
- A Job Bank designation indicates recognized status, which serves to enhance interest from potential workers.
ConclusionCanada's Recognized Employer Pilot is a bold step toward addressing labour shortages while also streamlining administrative processes and safeguarding the rights of temporary foreign workers. The program's focus on recognizing and rewarding employers with strong recruitment practices showcases Canada's commitment to fostering a productive, ethical, and inclusive job market. As REP takes flight in two phases, it presents a timely opportunity for employers to contribute to the nation's growth while benefitting from streamlined processes. With these initiatives, Canada's approach to workforce challenges is poised to become more agile, efficient, and worker-centric. Learn more about our services on LMIA application and LMIA recruitment. Check your eligibility for Canadian visas with instant results.