Canada: Recognized Employer Pilot Program Under the TFW Program

Key Points  

  • Canada launched a Recognized Employer Pilot option under the Temporary Foreign Worker program  


The government of Canada will launch a Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. The REP is a three-year initiative that will address labor shortages throughout Canada. The pilot program will also reduce administrative burdens for Canadian employers.  

Under the REP, eligible employers will gain access to Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) that remain valid for up to 36 months. Employers will also benefit from simplified LMIA application measures if they continue to hire additional workers under the same occupation throughout the REP.  

Eligible employers must demonstrate a history of complying with TWF program requirements. This includes: 

  • Holding a minimum of three positive Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) over the past five years for the same occupation that has been designated as an in-shortage-based occupation on the Canadian Occupational Protection System data.  
  • Initially, employers under the REP will be subject to more rigorous assessments at the beginning of the process in correspondence with their history and track record with the program.  

For additional insights into the application process, check here.  

What are the Changes?  

Canada launched a new REP under the TFW program aimed at simplifying aspects of the temporary foreign worker recruitment process. According to the government, application measures will ensure eligible employers utilize best recruitment practices.  

Looking Ahead  

REP will roll out in the following stages:

  • Stage one begins in September 2023. During this stage, employers in the Primary Agriculture stream will be able to apply in time for the 2024 season. 
  • Stage two begins in January 2024 and opens intake to all other industry sectors. 

Applications for both streams will be accepted until September 2024. Continue to check the government of Canada’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information. 

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