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Ministerial instructions

As a result of public policy considerations as determined in Ministerial Instructions, we may refuse to process your Labour Market Impact Assessment application for:

Low-wage positions in accommodation and food services and retail trade sectors

Low-wage positions in Accommodation and Food Services and Retail Trade sectors (except for those with specific Yellowknife postal codes):

  • in an economic region with an unemployment rate of six percent or higher (as defined by the Program-specific Statistics Canada data used by Service Canada for the purposes of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program)
  • in the Accommodation and Food Services sector (North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code 72) or Retail Trades sector (NAICS codes 44-45)
  • classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes 6541, 6611, 6622, 6711, 6721, 6731, 6732, 6733, 7611 and 8612
Yellowknife postal codes

Low-wage positions at or above the current cap

Low-wage positions, if you are at or above the current cap on the proportion of low-wage temporary foreign workers for the same positions at the same work location.

High-wage occupations in the province of Alberta

If the position you are looking to fill with a temporary foreign worker is included in the list of occupations, we will not process your application. The Government of Alberta’s Employer Liaison Services helps employers learn about options for hiring Albertans and Canadians first. For more information and assistance, contact Alberta Labour.

List of occupations

Management occupations
NumberNational Occupational Classification CodeTitle
1 0112 Human resources managers
2 0211 Engineering managers
Business, finance, and administration occupations
NumberNational Occupational Classification CodeTitle
3 1225 Purchasing agents and officers
4 1523 Production logistics co-ordinators
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations
NumberNational Occupational Classification CodeTitle
5 2131 Civil engineers
6 2132 Mechanical engineers
7 2133 Electrical and electronic engineers
8 2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
9 2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
10 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians
11 2261 Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
NumberNational Occupational Classification CodeTitle
12 7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
13 7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors
14 7237 Welders and related machine operators
15 7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)
16 7242 Industrial electricians
17 7251 Plumbers
18 7271 Carpenters
19 7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades
20 7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
21 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
22 7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
23 7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
24 7511 Transport truck drivers
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
NumberNational Occupational Classification CodeTitle
25 8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services
26 8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers
27 8412 Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and services operators
28 8615 Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers
29 9232 Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators

In-home Caregiver positions

In-home Caregiver positions, where there is a live-in requirement, that:

  • are classified under the NAICS as a Private Household (NAICS 814)
  • are classified under the NOC codes 3012, 3233, 4411 or 4412
  • have been advertised and indicated on the Labour Market Impact Assessment application as being sought to fill positions, where there is a live-in requirement

Exceptions to this refusal to process

High medical needs clients

If you are seeking to hire an in-home caregiver with a mandatory live-in requirement for high medical needs clients (e.g. people with disabilities, seniors, individuals with chronic or terminal illnesses), you must submit either:

Exceptional circumstances

You must submit the completed Rationale For Possible Exemption for Exceptional Circumstances section of the Schedule G – In-home Caregivers (EMP5601). The rationale must include:

  • a clear explanation of why live-in care is required
  • how frequently the situation necessitating live-in care occurs
  • to what degree you can influence this frequency
  • a description of what other options were explored in order to meet the need for care and why they were deemed not viable
  • how you will ensure fair working conditions for the in-home caregiver, despite the live-in requirement

Previous revocation

We may refuse to process your Labour Market Impact Assessment application for any position if you have had an application revoked in the past two years for having provided false, misleading or inaccurate information.

Processing fee

You will not be charged the processing fee, if we had to refuse to process your Labour Market Impact Assessment application or if you are an ineligible employer. In addition, a letter will be sent to you with the reason why your application was not processed.

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The Government of Canada is releasing a new spousal sponsorship application kit on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website on December 15, 2016. The new application kit will make it easier and faster to apply through the spousal sponsorship program at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Standard Time. As part of the new application process, applicants will not have to provide certain information up front, such as medical examination results.

The changes to the kit will include the following:

  • A new application kit for use by all spousal applicants. Applicants will no longer have to choose between two different kits depending on whether they live in Canada or outside Canada. All applicants will use the same application kit.

    Since some applicants may have already started filling out their application using the current kit, IRCC will continue to accept new applications using the current kit until January 31, 2017. After this date, only applications using the new kit will be accepted.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin using the new kit, which is easier to use and understand, as soon as it is available on December 15, 2016.

  • To help clients through the application process, a brand new “Basic Guide” has been developed. This guide summarizes the applications process and gives clients a clear explanation of what they need to do to apply.

    If applicants need more detailed information, they can consult the “Complete Guide”, which has been improved. Right now, there are several different application guides for sponsors and applicants. These have been combined into one document that is shorter and easier to understand.

  • One new Relationship Information and Sponsorship Evaluation form has been developed. Right now, the sponsor must complete a sponsorship evaluation form, and the sponsor and applicant may also complete either one or two additional relationship questionnaires, depending on whether the applicant lives in Canada or outside Canada. These will all be merged into one form to be completed by both the sponsor and the person they are sponsoring and will be the same for all spousal applicants.

  • To help clients make sure their application is complete, four new document checklists will be available, depending on who is being sponsored. These will replace the current 14 checklists. Applicants will select the appropriate checklist depending on who is being sponsored (i.e., a spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or dependent child). The new checklists clearly summarize all the forms and documents that must be included with the application and will help applicants determine what specific information will be needed for their application.

    All new applications that are received using the new application kit must include all the required documents listed on the checklist. This will ensure more efficient and timely processing by eliminating the additional processing time that results from back-and-forth between IRCC and clients while the Department waits to receive required documents. If an application is received that does not have all the required forms and documents on the checklist, IRCC will not accept it for processing and will return the application to the applicant.

For a general overview of the changes, view this graphic.

Source: IRCC update

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Liberals Lift Visa Requirement for Mexicans

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the removal of visa requirements for Mexican citizens entering Canada. Trudeau instructed Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion in a mandate letter made public last Friday to lift the Mexican visa requirement.  It is expected this to take effect in March 2016.

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said that Trudeau confirmed the commitment during a recent meeting with Canada's new prime minister at the G20 summit in Turkey.

The policy was imposed by the Conservative government in 2009 to reduce the number of Mexicans seeking asylum in Canada. The requirement had become a source of tension between the two countries.

According to Trudeau's mandate letter to Dion it is essential to "support the minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship in lifting the Mexican visa requirement." Another top priority is to "work with relevant ministers, including the ministers of international trade and environment and climate change, to prepare for the North American Leaders Summit in Canada."

The Mexican president also said he and Trudeau discussed the trilateral annual summit between the prime minister of Canada, and the presidents of Mexico and the U.S., which Canada was set to host by year's end.

Originally scheduled for February 2015, the summit was postponed indefinitely by the Conservative government. The decision to push back the summit came due to the looming general elections in Canada as well as a decision by the U.S. president on the pending approval of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

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Ottawa, March 8, 2016 — Following the tabling of the 2015 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration on March 8, 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is pleased to release details on its 2016 Immigration Levels Plan. Canada will welcome between 280,000 and 305,000 (target 300,000) new permanent residents in 2016.

Immigration CategoryCategoryLowHighTarget
Economic Federal Economic—High Skilled Footnote 1 54,000 59,000 58,400
Federal Economic—CaregiversFootnote 2 20,000 22,000 22,000
Federal Economic—BusinessFootnote 3 500 900 800
Provincial Nominee Program 46,000 48,000 47,800
Quebec Skilled Worker 25,500 27,000 26,200
Quebec Business 5,200 5,500 5,400
Economic Total 151,200 162,400 160,600
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 57,000 62,000 60,000
Parents and Grandparents 18,000 20,000 20,000
Family Total 75,000 82,000 80,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependants Abroad 10,000 11,000 11,000
Resettled Refugees 41,000 46,000 44,800
Government-Assisted Refugees 24,000 25,000 24,600
Blended Visa Office-Referred 2,000 3,000 2,400
Privately Sponsored Refugees 15,000 18,000 17,800
Protected Persons and Refugees Total 51,000 57,000 55,800
Humanitarian and OtherFootnote 4 Humanitarian and Other 2,800 3,600 3,600
OVERALL 280,000 305,000 300,000
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March 17, 2016—Ottawa, ON–Attracting skilled francophone workers to Canada and encouraging them to settle in communities outside of Quebec is the goal of a new International Mobility Program stream that will launch on the first day of June.

“We want francophone minority communities in Canada to continue to be vibrant and growing,” Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum said today. “That’s why we’re going to encourage skilled francophone workers to come to Canada and settle in communities outside of Quebec, and we’re going to encourage them to apply for permanent residence if they would like to stay.”

Starting June 1, 2016, the Mobilité Francophone stream will exempt employers from the Labour Market Impact Assessment process when they hire francophone workers in managerial, professional and technical/skilled trades occupations from abroad to work in francophone minority communities outside of Quebec.

“Canada’s diversity is enriched by our francophone minority communities all across the country,” said Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly. “We want to see these communities flourish across Canada and immigration is strategic to preserving their vitality and prosperity.”

Quick facts

  • The goal of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is to have francophone newcomers make up at least 4% of all economic immigrants settling outside of Quebec by 2018. The overall target for francophone immigration outside Quebec is 4.4% by 2023.
  • Since 2014, reforms to the International Mobility Program have ensured that it meets the objective of allowing temporary workers to come to Canada when they advance our economic and cultural interests.

 

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