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The New Horizon in Canadian Employment: Temporary Foreign Worker Program Recognized Employer Pilot

Temporary Foreign Worker

Canada is taking a significant step forward in simplifying the hiring process for employers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Recognized Employer Pilot (REP). This transformative initiative is designed to streamline the administrative procedures for repeat Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program employers, making it easier for them to recruit international talents while maintaining adherence to program requirements.

An Overview of the Temporary Foreign Worker Recognized Employer Pilot

Under normal circumstances, most employers wishing to hire a temporary foreign worker must first obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This process verifies that no Canadians or permanent residents are available for the job and ensures the legitimacy of the employer's offer. With the introduction of the REP, the process is being redefined to make it more efficient and user-friendly.

How the Temporary Foreign Worker REP Works

The REP is targeted at employers with a history of compliance within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The requirements are specific: Employers must have at least three positive LMIAs for the same occupation over the past five years from occupations designated as in-shortage using Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) data.

Recognized employers will enjoy benefits such as LMIA validity periods of up to 36 months and simplified LMIA applications for future hires. The rollout is scheduled in two stages:

  • Stage one: Starting in September 2023, focusing on employers in the Primary Agriculture stream.

  • Stage two: Beginning in January 2024, extending to all other industry sectors.

Applications are set to be accepted until September 2024, paving a new way for employers and Temporary Foreign Workers.

How to Apply

The REP application process is aligned with the TFW Program’s existing systems, providing two ways to apply:

  1. Through the LMIA Online Portal: A secure platform for completing and submitting applications.

  2. Via Email: For those with a valid exemption to the online portal.

The REP promises a simplified application process, fewer points of contact between employers and ESDC, and improved interest from prospective workers.


The REP's inception reflects Canada's continuous commitment to fostering an efficient labor market that benefits both employers and foreign workers. By enhancing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, employers will find a more streamlined pathway to hire international talents. The REP is an exciting opportunity for Canadian businesses, strengthening the national labor force and providing new horizons for foreign workers.

For personalized guidance on how the Temporary Foreign Worker Program can benefit your organization, contact Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services. We are here to support your journey towards a thriving workforce in Canada.

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