Canada: Extension of Measures under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Key Points  

  • Canada will extend measures granted under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program until 30 October 2023  


The government of Canada will extend temporary measures introduced to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that were originally introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures include: 

  • Employers in seven sectors, including accommodation and food services, construction, and food manufacturing, can now hire up to 30% of their workforce through the TFWP for low-paying jobs due to labor shortages; 
  • Keeping the Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) validity period at up to 18 months; and, 
  • Maintaining the maximum duration of employment for low-wage positions at up to two years. 

What are the Changes?  

The government of Canada extended temporary measures under the TFWP until 30 October 2023. The government extended measures under the program in order to provide greater flexibility to employers and workers in Canada.  

Looking Ahead  

These measures will remain in place until 30 October 2023. In the meantime, the Government will carefully monitor activities and review policies to ensure they continue to reflect the latest economic conditions while also protecting workers in Canada.    

Continue to check the government of Canada’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information. 

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