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Ottawa announces help for employers to meet labour needs

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 3:00 PM | By John Chunn

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced on May 12 a new, temporary policy that will reduce the time it takes for a temporary foreign worker to start a new job. 

According to the IRCC’s press release, while this policy is in place, a worker who is already in Canada and has secured a new job offer, typically backed by a labour market test, can get approval to start working in their new job, even while their work permit application is being fully processed. This will cut what can often take 10 weeks or more, down to 10 days or less.

IRCC says it will continue to look for ways to support the economy and protect the health and safety of Canadians during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Immigrants, temporary foreign workers and international students are making considerable contributions to Canada’s response to the unprecedented challenge that COVID-19 poses. We know and value their efforts and sacrifices to keep Canadians healthy and ensure the delivery of critical goods and services. The new policy we are announcing will allow Canadian businesses to recruit the workers they need and help unemployed workers contribute to the Canadian economy during this pandemic,” said Immigration Minister Marco E. L. Mendicino.