Canada to Impose Tougher Sanctions on Employers Hiring Nigerians, Others for Temporary Jobs

Canada to Impose Tougher Sanctions on Employers Hiring Nigerians, Others for Temporary Jobs

  • The Canadian government has said it would impose severe requirements on companies and employers hiring foreigners for temporary jobs
  • It said that it would also shorten the time for foreigners with temporary work permits to six months from May 1, 2024
  • Canada disclosed that it would prioritise employment for Canadians and asylum seekers with valid work permits’s Pascal Oparada has reported on tech, energy, stocks, investment and the economy for over a decade.

The Canadian government will soon impose stricter requirements on employers hiring Nigerians and other foreign nationals for temporary jobs.

The country’s minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, Randy Boissonnault, announced discontinuing some time-limited measures under the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Programme Workforce Solutions Road Map.

Canada stops employers from hiring Nigerians
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government makes changes to temporary jobs Credit:Noel Hendrickson
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Canada ends important programme for foreign workers

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The measures will end earlier than scheduled this year.

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Beginning May 1, 2024, the Labour Impact Assessment (LMIA) validity period will be reduced to six months, reducing the timeframe for foreigners to apply for work permits.

Also, the country has cut the cap for low-wage temporary foreign workers in some sectors from 30% to 20%.

According to reports, employers must exhaust all options, such as employing asylum seekers with valid work permits, before seeking an LMIA.

The minister said the workers are essential in addressing short-term labour shortages and skill gaps, contributing to the country’s competitiveness, and providing practical experience for foreigners.

Canada said that beginning January 1, 2024, employers must reassess the wages of temporary foreign workers to align with the prevailing wage rates for their specific occupation and work region.

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Canada to prioritise employment for citizens

According to reports, the country said it would continue prioritising job opportunities for Canadians while protecting the rights of temporary foreign workers.

The measures seek to reduce Canada’s reliance on temporary foreign workers and ease job vacancy fulfilment by supporting Canadian workers.

Reports say the Temporary Foreign Worker Programme (TFWP) operates without limits on the number of work permits requested or issued yearly as it responds to demands for temporary skills.

Germany and Japan move to boost immigrants' employment

The scheme saw increased demand in 2022 amid post-pandemic economic recovery, low unemployment rates, and increased job vacancy levels, allowing for adopting several policy adjustments to tackle labour shortages.

The development comes as Germany said it would begin issuing Opportunity Cards for immigrants in the country in June.

It said the card would enable immigrants to search for jobs and renew permits.

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Also, Japan has announced vacancies in the logistics and transportation sectors for foreign workers but said they must meet specific criteria before employment.

Malta Invites Nigerians, others with special work permit earlier reported that the government of Malta was offering work permits to skilled workers outside of Europe, including Nigerians, under the Special Employee Initiative.

The country also offered to fast-track the application process for skilled foreign workers.

The move comes as the EU country seeks to address its skilled labour force shortage.


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