What are the Requirements
First, for any employer to participate in REP, they must have a good LMIA track record. This means they should have a minimum of three positive LMIAs for the past 5 years. The condition applies to the same occupation list categorized by Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) data as an in-shortage occupation.
The employers who participate in the REP category will be subjected to a rigorous upfront assessment and screening process. The analysis will be based on their history with the TFWP. This means the REPs will target job-givers with the best recruitment practices.
Steps Involved in the REP Program
The REP is designed to roll out in two parts. In early September 2023, employers in agri-business sectors will be required to commence the application process. After that, employers from all other categories will be eligible for application in January 2024. The process will carry on up to September 2024, which will be exactly one year.
This process will be advantageous for employers eligible under the REP since their applications will be oversimplified for future endeavors, especially for positions on the COPs list.
Moreover, contact between such employers and the Department of Employment and Social Development (ESDC) will be minimal during the pilot. The Canadian government pointed out that the REP is tailored to improve the TFWD. And as the pilot continues, ESDC will be providing technical briefings to stakeholders designed to offer more information regarding the REP application process and they will communicate further details soon.