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Breaking News: Major Reforms in Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program Announced for May 2024!

Updated: Apr 10

Canada 2024: Transforming the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program, a vital part of the nation's workforce strategy, is undergoing significant changes. The Government of Canada, recognizing the shifting dynamics in the labour market, has announced adjustments to ensure that the TFW Program continues to meet economic needs while prioritizing Canadian workers. Here, we break down these changes and explore their implications.

Overview of the TFW Program Adjustments

Announcement by Employment and Social Development Canada: On March 21, 2024, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, announced modifications to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program under the Workforce Solutions Road Map. These changes are in response to evolving labour market conditions, notably the post-pandemic economic surge, low unemployment rates, and declining job vacancy rates.

Key Changes Effective May 1, 2024

  • New Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs): LMIA validity will decrease from 12 months to 6 months, aligning with current labour market needs.

  • Cap Adjustment for Employers: The cap for low-wage workers through the TFW Program will revert from 30% to 20% of a total workforce, except for construction and health care sectors.

  • Employer Obligations: Employers must explore all domestic labour options, including recruiting asylum seekers with valid work permits in Canada, before applying for an LMIA.

Annual Wage Review for Temporary Foreign Workers

Starting January 1, 2024, employers are mandated to annually review and adjust the wages of temporary foreign workers to reflect prevailing rates for their occupation and region. This measure ensures fair compensation throughout their employment in Canada.

Ongoing Monitoring and Future Plans

The Government of Canada is committed to monitoring labour market conditions to balance the needs of Canadian and temporary foreign workers. This includes prioritizing Canadian workers for job opportunities while protecting the rights of foreign workers.

  • The Honourable Randy Boissonnault: Emphasized the need to reduce reliance on temporary foreign workers, reflecting changing labour market conditions.

  • The Honourable Marc Miller: Stressed the importance of aligning policies with current labour needs, especially in sectors like construction, education, and healthcare.


The recent adjustments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program reflect Canada's ongoing effort to balance the needs of its labor market with a sustainable and well-managed immigration system. These changes highlight the importance of being adaptable and informed, both for employers and foreign workers. As Canada continues to evolve its workforce strategies, staying updated on such developments is crucial for all stakeholders in the immigration and labor sectors.

  • The TFWP is responsive to labour market changes, helping Canadian employers fill shortages temporarily when Canadians and permanent residents are unavailable.

  • The 2022 Workforce Solutions Road Map targeted specific sectors for TFWP adjustments.

  • Unemployment and job vacancy rates are key indicators for these policy changes.

  • The Government is developing new programs for the agricultural and fish processing sectors and enhancing protections for migrant workers.

How Immigrative Can Assist Amidst TFW Program Changes

The recent updates to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program present both challenges and opportunities for candidates. At Immigrative Visa Services, a consultancy licensed both federally and provincially, we're well-equipped to guide you through these evolving policies.

  • Personalized Strategies: Our approach begins with an in-depth initial consultation to assess the impact of these changes on your specific situation. We don’t just stop at assessing; we explore all viable pathways, including study permits, ensuring that we consider every angle and opportunity available to you under the new regulations.

  • Comprehensive Support: We are adept at navigating the nuances of provincial requirements, such as the Letter of Attestation, and excel in crafting strong applications to position each candidate favorably in light of the recent TFW Program modifications.


This blog post is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. For personalized advice regarding your specific immigration situation, it is recommended to consult with an authorized immigration professional.

About the Author:

This blog post is authored by Hossein Alavi, RCIC, a seasoned Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and the founder and CEO of Immigrative Visa Services Inc. and EduPal Canada. With over ten years of experience in the education and immigration sectors, he is dedicated to assisting individuals and companies with their Canadian immigration needs. Contact Immigrative Visa Services Inc. today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward realizing your Canadian dream.


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