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Important information for Employers of Temporary Foreign Workers

posted on 11:40 AM, November 28, 2023

The Government of Canada is providing crucial information regarding the impending revision of salary rates on the Job Bank and reiterating employer responsibilities concerning wages for temporary foreign workers. 

 

Annual Salary Update: 

Annually, Job Bank releases an update on median wages across various occupations and economic regions throughout Canada. The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program relies on these figures to ensure that employers seeking temporary foreign workers maintain wages reflective of current labour market conditions. The upcoming wage update is scheduled for publication on November 29, 2023, and the new rates will come into effect immediately. 

 

Employer Responsibility: 

Before submitting a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to the TFW Program, we strongly encourage employers to consult Job Bank for the latest median wage information. As a reminder, the TFW Program mandates employers to provide a prevailing wage, defined as the higher of either: 

  • The median wage for the occupation and economic region as posted on Job Bank*, or 
  • The wage within the employer's current wage range for employees in the same job, work location, possessing similar skills, and with comparable years of experience.  

*For positions in Quebec, please note that the instructions from the ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et de l'Intégration (MIFI) take precedence. 

 

Implementation and Exceptions: 

The new wage rates will be applicable immediately upon publication. Employers submitting applications within three months of the new rates being published will not be obligated to undertake additional recruitment activities based on the revised wages. 

 

Action Required: 

Employers with temporary foreign workers currently employed are advised to conduct necessary checks and adjustments to ensure compliance with the updated salary rates. 

 

Spread the Word: 

Please share this communication within your respective networks and with colleagues or associates who may find this information pertinent. 

 

Further Assistance: 

For inquiries related to the TFW Program, please visit Canada.ca or reach out to the Employer Contact Centre.