Canadian employers who are hiring foreign employees use the provincial and territorial median hourly wage to know which requirements they have to meet for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
The wage they are offering, and the location for the position determines if the employers need to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under the stream for high-wage or low-wage positions.
The new median wage requirements went into effect on May 11.
Canada is working to help employers navigate the red tape involved in hiring foreign workers in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) have applied the following measures to all new and existing LMIA applications:
Canada is also offering resources for employers to make their operations safer for new foreign employees, including a $50 million initiative to allow workers to complete the mandatory isolation period.
Workers being hired from abroad will only be allowed to cross the border if they are coming for what the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) would deem an essential reason. If a foreign national is coming to work in an occupation that supports critical infrastructure they will likely be admitted, provided that they can demonstrate that their position requires them to be physically present in Canada and they have an adequate quarantine plan.
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