Recent changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Effective August 28, 2017, the ESDC’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will impose an additional requirement upon Canadian Employers hoping to utilize its Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process to recruit outside of the Canadian labor market to fill jobs that the employer is not able to fill locally.

The LMIA is a process that Canadian Employers must undergo before being granted permission to hire foreign workers. Of the  requirements that are considered before a favorable decision is rendered, one, is evidence of the Canadian Employer’s reasonable efforts to hire Canadians and/or Permanent Residents. According to the federal government, “reasonable” would mean undergoing extensive recruitment efforts with maximum exposure of the vacant position(s) in sources that are either national in scope or targeted towards the underrepresented groups of the Canadian labor market. One of the mandatory sources required is the posting of the vacant position(s) on Canada’s Job Bank, an employment resource tool created for job seekers.

On August 28, the Job Bank will feature a new “tool” called “Job Match,” which is based upon algorithmic matches of job seeker profiles to jobs posted by potential Canadian Employers, which sounds amazingly simple but it’s efficacy, in my opinion, is overly stated. It goes to further support my argument that some policy makers lack the business acumen it requires to address current labor demands of Canadian companies and as a result, creating additional and unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles to the very group of individuals at the heart of any economy – that of businesses, corporations, employers.

Common sense and logical thought would see that an individual who seeks work must be ready, willing and able to do the job.

The problem with “Job Match” is that it does not consider the 3 components required of an individual who seeks work. What the system does not t recognize is that while profiles of job seekers may match the description  of a job, it will not factor in the individual’s unwillingness to do the job. Employers will now have to screen  matched profiles within a time frame of 30 days.