February 20, 2015
As of February 21, 2015, in addition to the current CAN$155 work permit fee, employers looking to hire foreign workers under the International Mobility Program[i] (“IMP”), will also be required to pay a compliance fee of CAN $230. An Offer of Employment to a Foreign National Exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment form will also need to be completed and submitted to CIC prior to the foreign national’s entry to Canada.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada says that the compliance fee has been introduced to improve integrity in the IMP and to support the employer compliance program. As such, starting on February 21, 2015, before an employer can hire a foreign worker in Canada, the company must:
The fee and the Offer of Employment form must be submitted before the foreign national can apply for their employer-specific work permit, or the application may be refused as not having met the new regulations.
The fee and Offer of Employment must be paid each time a new work permit is issued, including extensions.
Please also note that a “Privilege Fee” of CAN $100 will also be added to open work permits, which include International Experience Class-based permits, open spousal work permits and post-graduation work permits. This fee will be paid at the same time as the work permit processing fee and can be paid online.
Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Workplace Immigration Team
[I] International Mobility Program – program which allows employers to hire or bring in foreign workers without the need of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), this includes persons authorized to work in Canada temporarily due to free trade agreements, such as NAFTA, Intra Company Transferees, and International Experience Canada participants
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