1.     Priority processing of certain occupations

Effective June 10, 2020, the program is prioritizing certain occupations which are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. The listed occupations have been prioritized across all provinces and territories (except in the province of Quebec).

The list of priority occupations is as follows:

2.    no longer apply policy variations for “owner/operator” applications

For applications received on or after April 1, 2021, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will no longer apply policy variations for “owner/operator” applications. These applications will be assessed using the normal process. That is, owner/operator applications will no longer be exempt from the minimum advertising requirements.

3.    Suspending minimum advertising requirements for primary agriculture application

Effective January 12, 2022 and until June 30, 2022, Employment and Social Development Canada will suspend minimum advertising requirements for employers applying for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire temporary foreign workers in primary agriculture. Employers are expected to continue efforts to recruit Canadians and permanent residents. However, employers will not be required to meet TFWP minimum advertising requirements or submit proof with their LMIA application.