The International Mobility Program or the Temporary Foreign Worker Program's high-wage stream employees' families are eligible to apply for an open work permit.
Family members of some temporary foreign workers (TFWs) will be qualified for work permits as of today, January 30.
Sean Fraser, minister of immigration, stated that the temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program (IMP) will temporarily extend work permits to family members of primary applicants. This action will aid Canada in addressing its ongoing labor shortfall.
According to the revised policy, everyone who satisfies the following requirements is now eligible for a work permit:
• They are the spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child of a work permit holder who:
1) works in a job of any Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) category (0 to 5), or;
2) is the principal applicant and has an open work permit (for example: post-graduation work permit holders at all skill levels).
• They are the spouse, common-law partner or dependent child of an economic class permanent resident applicant who holds a work permit.
The low-wage stream of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and the Agricultural Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program does not currently accept applications from spouses, common-law partners, or dependents of workers in TEER 4 or 5 jobs.
New permits will make it easier to integrate
Work permits were exclusively accessible to the wives and family members of primary applicants in high-skilled jobs before the measure went into force today. The government intends to relieve some of the pressure on workers by enhancing financial stability and making it simpler for families to remain together and integrate into their communities by temporarily granting work licenses to TFWs' spouses, dependent children, and common-law partners.
More than 645,000 work permits were awarded in Canada between January and October 2022. Compared to the 163,000 granted over the same time period in 2021, this is almost four times as many.
Children of principal applicants of all skill levels who are working age (16 years old or older) are covered by the policy for the next two years. Families of employees in the healthcare, trades, and hospitality industries are included. More than 200,000 foreign employees' families are anticipated to be able to work in Canada thanks to this scheme.
The minister stated in Edmonton in December that "employers throughout the nation continue to cite a shortage of labor as their top hurdle." "Today's decision will assist firms in filling their labor shortages by extending work permits to family members at all skill levels. As a consequence, over 200,000 international employees' families will be able to find employment in Canada. Our government will keep assisting businesses in finding qualified people while simultaneously promoting employee welfare and bringing families together.
The measure will roll out in three phases
To guarantee the interim measure's successful execution, it will be carried out in three stages. Phases two and three's start and end dates have not yet been revealed:
• Family members of workers entering Canada under the high-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program will be entitled to apply for an open work permit under Phase 1.
• In Phase 2, after discussions, the policy will be extended to include family members of employees from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program's low-wage stream.
• Phase 3 will involve discussions with agricultural partners and stakeholders to determine if it is practical to extend the policy to the relatives of agricultural employees.
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