Over the past week, we have seen Canada introducing measures to support a temporary foreign workforce to address the labor shortages the country is facing. The double increase in the Labor Market Impact Assessment validity period is among the measures already gone into effect. The LMIAs clarify that a foreign employee won’t take a Canadian employee’s job, and some permits must apply.
Additionally, you will also realize that extending the maximum employment duration for High-Wage and Global Talent Stream employees from 2 years to 3 years supports temporary foreign employment significantly. And we also can’t forget Canada’s elimination of a limit to the number of low-wage spots employers in seasonal industries can fill via the TFWP.
You can also expect two additional measures to come into effect on 30th April like new regulations for an employer’s staff percentage that can be foreign workers. And that’s not forgetting that Canada might also halt the automatic retraction of LMIA requests for low-wage jobs in the retail trade, food, and accommodation services sectors. And that’s mainly for areas with a 6% unemployment rate or higher.
For permanent immigration, we are likely to see Canada admitting newcomers’ newest record number this 2022, where the 2022-2024 Immigration Levels Plan estimates it at 431,645 newcomers this year.
Canada’s population is growing primarily due to immigration, and according to Statistics Canada’s 2021 census, Canada integrates the fastest growing population in the G7. In every five individuals of the 1.8 million people added to Canada’s population between the 2016 and 2021 census, four were immigrants with permanent status or temporary residents. That tells you that the natural increase caused the remaining population growth.