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How to get a work permit to work in Canada

Canada invites international talent to help it achieve its economic and social goals by awarding several sorts of work permits. Thousands of work permits are provided to foreign workers each year to meet the country’s economic and labor market needs.

There are several work permit pathways or programs to choose. Nonetheless, these pathways are divided into two categories.

  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
  • International Mobility Program (IMP)
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program addresses Canada’s labor shortages. Employers must first acquire a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) demonstrating that they were unable to fill the post with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) run the TFWP jointly. Employers can only hire foreign workers after acquiring an LMIA from ESDC, which authorizes the foreign national/worker to apply for a Canadian work permit or permanent residency in Canada.

The role of Labour Market Impact Assessments on issuance of work permits-

A Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is a document produced by ESDC that evaluates the effects of hiring a foreign worker on the Canadian labour market. While the majority of firms who hire foreign labour will need an LMIA, there are several exceptions. These exclusions to the LMIA are based on the following criteria:

  • Greater economic, cultural, or other competitive advantages for Canada and
  • Benefits enjoyed by Canadians and permanent residents.

A positive LMIA means that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is available to fill a post, allowing a company to hire a foreign national.  If the LMIA is negative, it means that a Canadian citizen or permanent resident should fill the position.

Getting a Canadian work permit under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The foreign worker can apply for a work permit by submitting their employment offer letter, LMIA and all other supporting documentation to IRCC.

Employer-specific work permits, often known as “closed” work permits, are issued under the TFWP. This means that the foreign worker can only work for the employer that recruited them and for the length of time that the Canadian government has permitted.

International Mobility Program – What is it all about?

The International Mobility Program (IMP) is a program to promote Canada’s many economic and social objectives. The International Mobility Program (IMP) allows Canadian firms to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis without having to go through Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.

Foreign workers who are eligible under the IMP can apply for a work permit through the IRCC. Some foreign workers may be able to skip this phase entirely and work in Canada for a limited time. 

Either the employer or the foreign worker can lead the process of obtaining a work permit under the IMP. In case an organization or an employer has a vacancy and a foreign worker qualifies for an IMP stream, the foreign worker can be hired.

A Canadian employer must follow these three procedures or criterion in order to hire a foreign worker through the IMP such as:

• Verify that the position or employee in question is eligible for an LMIA exemption.

• Pay $230 CAD employer compliance fee

• Use the IMP’s Employer Portal to submit the official employment offer

Only after completing the above-mentioned three steps will the foreign national be eligible to apply for their own work permit. LMIA-exempt workers may qualify for expedited work permit processing through the Global Skills Strategy if their position in National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level A or 0 and they are applying from outside of Canada.

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) at CAN X can help you with your work permit application.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Canada’s Best Immigrant Investor Programs

Canada is rated as one of the best countries in the world for business and getting incredible return of investment (ROI). With a stable economy and a pool of talented and skilled workforce, Canada is a real opportunity for business owners and entrepreneurs seeking an unparalleled quality of life by getting permanent residency status.

Types of Immigrant Investor Programs – A Glance

Canada received a score of 87.2 making it an attractive destination for business and investment. Global investors can unlock investment opportunities and facilitate expansion in Canada with the following investor programs. 

The Start-up Visa Program

One of the most common ways to bring your businesses to Canada or research about investment opportunities is to apply for a Startup Visa. Its main purpose is to help foreign business owners, investors, and prospective entrepreneurs realize their entrepreneurial aspirations. Entrepreneurs who are willing to establish new, high-growth businesses in Canada, support innovation and create jobs should apply under this program. 

The British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot

British Columbia is an excellent province to invest in Canada, particularly if you want to invest in the technology sector. British Columbia is renowned as one of Canada’s IT hotspots, and it is always on the hunt for the best tech workers from across the world looking for job opportunities in Canada.

The major goal of this business immigration program is to attract new businesses to the province’s smaller municipalities, resulting in increased economic growth and development.

The Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Stream

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that allows overseas entrepreneurs to start a new business or buy an existing business in Saskatchewan province. This program is aimed towards seasoned business owners or senior executives who desire to relocate to Saskatchewan.

The program operates under 3 sub-categories:

  • Entrepreneur Category
  • Farm Owners and Operators – Young Farmer Stream
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

Individuals interested in relocating to a specific Canadian province or territory can apply for permanent residency through provincial nominee programs also known as PNP. Each one of the above Canada Investor Visa programs for immigrants requires the applicant to meet certain requirements to be eligible for business immigration to Canada.

Why invest in Canada

Canada provides lot of opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs for creating job opportunities thereby contributing to the development of Canadian economy. The three main benefits of investing in Canada include:

  • Access to global market

One of the most significant advantages of investing in Canada is its strategic position and favorable trade agreements. It has 14 trade agreements with 51 nations, with a total population of 1.5 billion people. Canada is a global trading hub due to its position, multiple coastline ports, and secure trade infrastructure.

  • Highly talented workforce

Canada has the world’s best-educated workforce and it is always on the lookout for new international talent at all levels. In 2021, the Canadian government plans to welcome 401,000 newcomers, with 232,500 of them coming through federal economic programs including the popular Express Entry stream.

  • Lower Costs and lower risks

Canada is also known for having a low Marginal Effective Tax Rate (METR), which is around 23.8 percent. In fact, it is the lowest of among G7 countries, and it is far lower than the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average.

Canada is one of the world’s most politically stable countries, ranking 11th on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and having the safest banks in North America. As a result, your business will have lesser risks and would be lower on cost.

We at CAN X will help you in determining which of Canada’s investor visa options are best suited for your business needs.

COVID-19 has not affected interest of immigrating to Canada

COVID-19 pandemic has not affected the interest of most prospective immigrants to Canada. Prospective immigrants still expect that Canada will endure less economic hardship than their own country.

World Education Services (WES) conducted a survey from April 15 to 21 to understand how COVID-19 has affected the intentions of prospective Canadian immigrants. The non-profit credential evaluation provider collected survey results from their clients, most of whom are in the pre-arrival phase and are on track to immigrate to Canada.

Of the 4,615 people who responded to survey, 38% say they are more interested in immigrating to Canada, 57% say that the pandemic does not impact their interest, and 5% say they are less interested. Among respondents from several countries (the Philippines, China, and Nigeria), more than half of prospective immigrants are, in fact, more interested in immigrating because of the pandemic.

All the respondents were outside of Canada at the time when the survey was conducted. More than half of the people surveyed from the Philippines (64%), China (64%), and Nigeria (58%) said they are more interested in immigrating to Canada because of COVID-19. There was largely no impact on the desire to immigrate to Canada for respondents from Pakistan (58%), the U.K. (59%), the U.S. (57%), India (64%), and France (73%).

Respondents who reside in India, the largest source of economic immigrants to Canada through the Express Entry program, had somewhat fewer negative expectations of the economic impact on both Canada and their home country. However, an equal percentage expected a negative impact on jobs in their sector or occupation in India and in Canada. Just over half (52%) of prospective immigrants do not expect COVID-19 to impact their ability to pay for the costs of immigrating to Canada; however, more than a third (35%) do expect it to negatively impact their ability to pay the costs.

At the same time, more than a third of respondents (39%) say that personal and/or familial economic hardships would, in fact, make them more interested in immigrating. An economic recession (50%) or a decrease in the number of jobs in their occupation or sector (43%) in their home country would make many potential immigrants more interested in immigrating.

However, almost a third (31%) reported that a decrease in the number of jobs in their sector/occupation in Canada would make them less interested in immigrating. While just over a third of respondents are considering delaying immigration to Canada, only 7% are considering immigration to another country. Among the 35% who are considering a delay, the top reasons are risks of travel, travel restrictions, a potential recession in Canada, and a decrease in the number of jobs in their occupation or sector in Canada.

Need help staying in Canada!

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to challenging times in Canada and around the world. Many people are under distress and anxiety. We understand! Can-X is here to help you figure it out, so you can have peace of mind. You could be an international student, worker, or visitor looking to extend your stay in Canada. You may be seeking a pathway to permanent immigration. Or you may be looking to reunite with a loved one. Whatever the reason, contact us to discuss your immigration needs, and we’ll provide our insights and help as much as we can during these difficult times.

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Immigration application processing system set for massive revamp by the Canadian Government

A complete overhaul of Canadian immigration application processing system is in the works as the government braces for post-pandemic demand for migration to Canada. When travel restrictions begin to ease, a significant surge of applications and support requirements is anticipated, putting tremendous demand on IRCC’s global operations, and supporting branches.

Meanwhile, the government has closed or significantly scaled back many of its immigration operations, including all in-person interviews and the collection of biometrics, while many private visa centers around the globe that have contracts with Canada are also closed. In the face of so many challenges, IRCC has made great efforts to adapt, for instance, by prioritizing applications from Canadians returning to Canada, vulnerable people and people who perform or support essential services.

 How the government is looking to improve application processing system?

The government is seeking to be proactive by developing new strategies, processes, and digital systems to enable it to better fulfill its mandate. For an example, IRCC would like to adapt digital processes whenever possible to minimize the need for in-person or paper-based applications. This would not only protect the safety of IRCC and the public but could also result in more efficient and faster application processing.

Ways to modernize application processing system

Develop Digital Intake Solutions: Including the provision and implementation of digital intake tools to reduce/replace physical presence and paper-based requirements for client services and processing with digital alternatives

Develop and Implement Physical Distancing Required Digital Tools: Including the provision and implementation of tools to address new physical distancing requirements, reducing physical presence requirements of both our clients and employees with digital alternatives (i.e. online citizenship testing, virtual interviewing, etc.)

Implement Robotic Process Automation (RPA): Including RPA solutions to rapidly automate simple, high volume processes, dealing with employee shortages as well as allowing employees to focus on more complex and sensitive cases.

Analytics Solutions: Including data analytics solutions to provide insights into operational volumes and processing capacities to allow IRCC to effectively respond to rapid changes in the Canadian and Global situation.

Cyber security Strategy and Services: Including the provision of tools and strategic advice to address IRCC’s increased Cyber security threat because of COVID-19.

Legacy Integration Solutions: Including the provision of technology solutions to integrate digital tools and solutions with IRCC’s case management system environment (GCMS Integration)

Advisory Services: Including the provision of advisory services to help manage the initiatives and respond to emerging operational challenges because of COVID-19.

Canada will see a major spike in permanent and temporary resident arrivals once the global health and economic situation improves. Prior pandemic, Canada was welcoming record numbers of immigrants, foreign workers, and international students. By modernizing the application processing system, the IRCC should be in a stronger position to accommodate even more immigrants once the pandemic is over.