84 new professions added in Canada’s  Recognized Employer Pilot Program. Is your occupation included in the list?

Recognized Employer Pilot Program

For Canadian companies that have demonstrated compliance with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), REP is intended to expedite the processing of applications. Longer validity periods for Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) and streamlined LMIA applications following the initial assessment are two benefits that qualifying firms will receive under the REP.

Eligibility Criteria for Recognized Employer Pilot

Recognized Employer Pilot may be qualified to take part in the REP if they have hired Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) for positions on the list of occupations identified as “in-shortage” based on data from the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) and have received at least three positive LMIAs in the previous five years.

Extended Validity Periods for LMIAs

Applications for an LMIA work permit are normally good for 18 months, however, those who qualify for the REP can get LMIAs that are good for up to 36 months. Simplified LMIA applications will be advantageous to Recognized Employer Pilot in the future.

Phase One of the REP

In September 2023, ESDC presented the first phase of the REP, which focused on hiring businesses for roles in primary agriculture. There were just four different occupations in this first stage, giving it a limited focus:

  • Gathering workers
  • Workers with livestock
  • Workers in nurseries and greenhouses
  • specialized workers for animals and operators of farm machines

Moreover, there is a notable expansion in the second phase of the REP, encompassing 84 highly desirable positions in several industries. Furthermore, ESDC makes it clear that jobs that are already qualified for expedited processing are not included in the list of jobs that qualify for work permits through the Global Talent Stream.

NOC code 2021Occupation
20010Engineering managers
20011Architecture and science managers
21321Industrial and manufacturing engineers
21322Metallurgical and materials engineers
21201Landscape architects
21202Urban and land use planners
21203Land surveyors
31300Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31301Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31100Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101Specialists in surgery
31102General practitioners and family physicians
31209Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31121Dieticians and nutritionists
31112Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
31203Occupational therapists
31204Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
32120Medical laboratory technologists
33101Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32104Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32121Medical radiation technologists
32122Medical sonographers
32111Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32112Dental technologists and technicians
33100Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
32101Licensed practical nurses
32102Paramedical occupations
33102Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
33103Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
33109Other assisting occupations in support of health services
41301Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
41310Police investigators and other investigative occupations
44101Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
65310Light-duty cleaners
63100Insurance agents and brokers
62020Food service supervisors
63201Butchers – Retail and wholesale
65202Meat cutters and fishmongers – Retail and wholesale
64100Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers
65200Food and beverage servers
65201Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
72106Welders and related machine operators
72400Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
72402Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
72405Machine fitters
72406Elevator constructors and mechanics
72420Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
72421Appliance servicers and repairers
72422Electrical mechanics
72423Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
72429Other small engine and small equipment repairers
73200Residential and commercial installers and servicers
73300Transport truck drivers
85100Livestock labourers
85101Harvesting labourers
84120Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
85103Nursery and greenhouse labourers
85102Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
85120Logging and forestry labourers
94141Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
94142Fish and seafood plant workers
94210Furniture and fixture assemblers, finishers, refinishers and inspectors
94211Assemblers and inspectors of other wood products
95100Labourers in mineral and metal processing
95101Labourers in metal fabrication
95102Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities
95103Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing
95104Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing
95106Labourers in food and beverage processing
95107Labourers in fish and seafood processing
  • The COPS roster spot application process has been streamlined for next the LMIA applications.
  • Reduced points of contact between ESDC and participating firms throughout the Recognized Employer Pilot program because of the LMIA forms being streamlined, which made it easier to hire more TFWS for valid job offers inside the REP.
  • Obtaining a Job Bank designation, which serves as a visual cue to prospective employers to increase interest,

To hire foreign talent under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), Canadian companies must submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to ESDC.

ESDC performs audits to verify that employers are adhering to several requirements, such as following federal, provincial, and territorial employment laws, paying agreed-upon wages in accordance with employment contracts, and providing a safe and abuse-free workplace.

Furthermore, foreign workers need to be informed that the TFWP issues closed work permits, which prohibit them from working for any other company in Canada.

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