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Canadian Government Allocates Additional Fund to Temporary Foreign Worker Program & IMP

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 30, Mar 2017

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The Canadian government has announced to allocate the additional funding in order to support the key immigration programs of the country, i.e. TFWP (Temporary Foreign Worker Program) and IMP (International Mobility Program). These are two of the most popular and applied immigration programs by the overseas workers looking to work in Canada.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has been designed to invite the skilled workers in order to combat the labour shortages in a few specific occupations or job profiles, for which local Canadian workers are not available.

International Mobility Program (IMP)

The International Mobility Program (IMP) has been designed with an objective to enhance the cultural as well as the economic interests of the country. The key categories under the International Mobility Program are as follows:
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Intra-Company Transfers, and
  • Open work permits (i.e. permits issued under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program or permits issued to the spouses/common-law partners of international students and workers.

Allocation of Additional Fund to Temporary Foreign Worker Program & IMP

The government shall give the fund of $279.8 million in the next five years, beginning from year 201718, and a fund of $49.8 million annually thereon. This fund will be given to support the consistence deliverance of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and International Mobility Program. The allocation of additional funds is announced on 22nd March, 2017 as part of annual budget of the government for the year 2017.

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Parliamentary Committee Suggested key Changes to TFWP

In September, 2016 Parliamentary Committee of Canada advised key changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. A few of these changes suggested by the committee in the TFWP are listed below:

  • Change in processing methods
  • Monitoring
  • Transition plans,
  • Pathways for workers to convert their status into permanent residency in Canada

A few of the Parliamentary Committee proposals have already been implemented, such as, elimination of the four-in, four-out rule. This rule was applicable to certain temporary workers and used to prohibit them from staying in Canada, once their employment contract is over.

Government plans to help newcomers recognize their overseas credential in Canada

The budget allocation for the key immigration programs also aims to support the newcomers integrate in the country, by the way of helping them get their international credential recognize in Canada. Government has planned a Targeted Employment Strategy for Newcomers which will have 3 key components strategies, i.e.

  • Designing a loan program to help newcomers pay the cost of foreign credentials recognition
  • Key measures to analyze innovative approaches to help skilled newcomers achieve Canadian work experience in their individual professions
  • Enhancement of the pre-arrival supports, to help newcomers start the foreign credential recognition procedure prior to landing in Canada

In view of all positive measures being announced by the government, its the ideal time to apply for work visa in the maple leaf country. Canada also provides the pathways to help immigrants convert their temporary status in to permanent residency. So, if you are one of the Canadian visa aspirants, prepare your file now in coordination with a registered Canadian Visa Consultancy.


Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

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