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Immigration


25 May 2019

CANADA: New Wage Thresholds

Canada’s Employment and Social Development department has published new provincial and territorial median hourly wages on a province-by-province basis.

These median wages will determine whether a role qualifies for the High-wage Stream or the Low-wage Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Both streams have their own requirements.

 

Low-wage stream:

•  Temporary foreign workers being paid below the provincial/territorial median wage are considered low-wage.

•  There is a cap on the proportion of these low-wage foreign workers employers can hire.

 

High wage stream:

•  Temporary foreign workers being paid at or above the provincial/territorial median wage are considered high-wage.

•  Employers wanting to fill high-wage roles with foreign workers must submit transition plans with their Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application which aims to ensure the government they are taking steps to reduce their reliance on temporary foreign workers over time. There are limited exceptions.

 

How does this affect your organisation?

Employers must submit applications under the correct stream to ensure they are not rejected.

 

 

 

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