The foreign workers of Canada come under IMP (International Mobility Program). In 2021 IRCC (Immigrants, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) raised around 315,000 work permits through IMP. The TWFP (Temporary Foreign Worker Program) raised 104,000 work permits.
Difference between IMP and TFWP
There is a difference between IMP and TWFP, and that is related to LMIA. In the case of TFWP, employers have to show the proof of non-availability of professionals to handle an occupation. So they need to hire foreign professionals.
Inthe case of IMP, no Labour Market Impact Assessment or LMIA is necessary because it invites immigrants to meet different purposes and interests of Canada. The categories which use IMP are reciprocal employment and significant benefits.
Work permits from different provinces through IMP
Ontario has raised more than 135,000 work permits while British Columbia went up 55,000 work permits. Other provinces that issued IMP include Quebec, Alberta, and Manitoba.
The table below will show you the number of work permits issued by different provinces.
|Province||Total IMP work permits issued|
|Prince Edward Island||2,100|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||1,815|
Eligibility criteria for LMIA-exempt work permit
The first thing that an applicant has to think about is the reason behind getting an LMIA-exempt work permit. Theyneed to go for an open work permit. This work permit is flexible as the applicant can get an occupation in any province of Canada, and he can work for any employer of his choice. The open work permits come under IMP. The open work permit is available for the following people.
- International graduates
- Youths having reciprocal agreements to Canada
- Spouses of Canadians
- Temporary residents
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