Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) of Canada may soon undergo key Changes

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The Canadian government may announce key changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in the forthcoming budget of Canada. The statement in this regard has been issued by the Patty Hajdu- the Employment Minister of Canada. The amendments in the TFWP are awaited since long and it has been in the priority list of the Liberal party government.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) enables the employers in Canada to recruit skilled workers from overseas for a limited period of time to combat the skill shortage in the country. However, the program also oversees that the local Canadians are the first priority, when there is an open position in Canada.

A Few Changes in TFWP have been made already

Though the reforms in TFWP will be announced formally in the federal budget, however, some key changes have already been made to the program, i.e. Elimination of the ‘Four in, Four out’ rule.

The ‘Four in Four out’ rule denies some foreign skilled workers to stay in Canada, once their four years work contract has finished. Such overseas skilled workers can now stay in Canada and apply for the Canadian permanent residency as well.


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Long awaited reforms in TFWP

The recommendations for the amendments in TFWP were published in September, 2016 only by the Parliamentary Committee. A few of these recommendations were hassle free pathway to Canadian permanent residency to overseas skilled workers and easing the process for the businesses in the country, so that they can combat the rising labour market demands.

The MPs in Canada also advised to have key protection and security for the workers to discourage the incidents, i.e. low paid jobs and abuse at work, etc.


The parliament committee also emphasized on some key requirements of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, such as, employers providing transition plan for the recruitments in high skilled professions, and how a particular employer accustomed itself about the program. Apart from this, the federal government has also made a recent announcement with regards to early processing of the certain work permit applications, i.e. within 2 weeks.

The response from government is due regarding the advice from parliamentary committee. However, the announcement about TFWP reforms will be made in upcoming budget is being considered as government’s response only. The budget is likely to be released towards the end of February or in the first week of March, 2017.

TFWP reforms are likely to be the part of Government’s lenient immigration policy

The forthcoming reforms in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) are likely to be an addition to the series of steps the liberal government has taken to ease the immigration in the country. The liberal government of Canada has traditionally been soft on immigration and immigrants in the country and glimpse of the same had been seen in the past when they issued several relaxations in the Canada’s immigration rules and process, i.e. amendment in the express entry point system, reduction of family reunification processing time, and removal of stringent immigration rules to benefit the immigration applicants.

Hence, if you have plans to apply for temporary work visa or permanent residency in Canada, you may go ahead with your application in coordination with a trusted Canadian Visa Consultant.