Foodservice TFW Moratorium Lifted

Minister Kenney announced today that the moratorium on temporary foreign workers in the foodservice sector has been lifted and announced the changes below.

  • LMOs are renamed LMIAs 1
  • Temporary Foreign Workers who require an LMIA are still under the TFW Program 1
  • Temporary Foreign Workers whose entry does not require an LMIA are now under the International Mobility Programs (IMPs) 1
    • Officially, the IMP workers will no longer be Temporary Foreign Workers 1
  • The new definition TFW Program is subject to several new conditions.
  • The only restrictions on bringing in IMP workers are:
    • $330 in fees 1
    • Requiring companies involved to submit their job offers to CIC 1
  • Also, for the new-definition TFW Program, the government is introducing a 10 day fast-track LMIA for high-demand jobs, high-paying jobs or very short-term jobs. 3
Adding Rules to the TFWP 
  • The TFWP as mentioned, now only covers temporary foreign workers whose entry requires an LMIA.
  • It is now administered by wage levels, the government says this better reflects occupational skill level and local labour market conditions1
  • Jobs with wages below the provincial/territorial median wage are considered “low-wage,” those with wages at or above the median are considered “high-wage.” 1
  • The LMIA fee is increasing from $275 to $1,000 each TFW requested 1
  • Employers must provide more information, including the number of Canadians that applied for a job, the number of Canadians interviewed and why those Canadians were not hired 1
  • Employers with 10 or more workers applying for LMIAs are subject to a cap of 10 % of the site’s workforce being low-wage TFWs. This will be phased in by July 1, 2016 1
  • No more low-wage TFWs in food services, hotels or retail for areas with unemployment 6% or more 1   2
  • Work permits will be reduced from a two-year standard to one-year as set out in the LMIAs 1
  • Farm workers are not covered by the $1000 LMIA fee, the cap on low-wage TFWs or the 1-year LMIA duration 1
  • Live-in Caregivers are not covered by the cap on low-wage TFWs and 1-year permit standard 1
  • The Government states it is increasing the number of workplace inspections 1
  • Under the TFWP, the Government will impose fines of up to $100,000 on rule-breakers beginning in fall 2014 1
  • The government is also introducing a 10-day fast track LMIA for:
    • High-demand occupations, high-paid occupations (skilled trades) or jobs where the work period is 120 days or less and the wage offered is the province/territory’s median wage or greater 3


  1. Government of Canada Overhauls Temporary Foreign Worker Program
    June 20, 2014
  2. A guide to the ‘reformed’ temporary foreign worker program
    By Jason Fekete, & Mark Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen
    June 20, 2014
  3. Reforming the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
    Accesed June 25, 2014
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Comments (8)

  1. what aboyt the welding training centre in Cebu, Phillipines that Fed Gov was funding for $3.3M to train fillipinos ad welders so they can be hired at cheapet wages t
    to replaced canadian welders fired.

  2. Thanks for nothing Kenney! This is just Lip service being paid, and your so called “reforms” have actually made it MORE likely that I’ll be replaced by a TFW in my field. Consider this a couple votes lost from my family!!!!

  3. Why is the agriculture stream always exempt from any reforms? They don’t even have to pay the application fee? No official languages requirement (so they can deny you a job unless you speak Spanish). Lots of these jobs in greenhouses (and dairy or poultry farms) are steady year-round work so the excuse about meeting acute seasonal labour shortages is lacking. The low skill agriculture stream is just a way for huge farms like Sunselect and Houwelings to get labour at below the going market rate and ripoff their employees (there are guys that have worked 10 years or more at these places and they still get paid only pennies above minimum wage). I’m especially disappointed that there will be no cap at all for agriculture employers. For these places that don’t want to hire Canadians it will be business as usual.

  4. Conservatives, you’ve lost my vote next election! Your party clearly doesn’t care at all about canadian workers! You’re fired!

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