Hire a temporary foreign worker through the Recognized Employer Pilot: Overview

Transitioning to online applications

Since April 3, 2023, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) has moved to online Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA). Consult the LMIA Online Portal Resources page frequently for details and updates.

The Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) is a 3-year pilot project with 2 phases. Starting September 12, 2023, applications will be accepted for positions on the Phase 1 REP occupations list. Applications for Phase 2 will start in January 2024. The phase you apply for will depend on the position you’re trying to fill.

The REP offers a streamlined approach for employers who:

  • regularly access the TFWP to fill positions for in-demand fields from the REP occupations list, and
  • meet the highest standards for working and living conditions and worker protection

Recognized employers can benefit from validity periods of up to 36 months for LMIA applications that receive a positive decision. They can also access a simplified LMIA application when hiring additional workers.

Designed for administrative efficiency, the REP will maintain existing worker protections while providing:

  • simpler and more predictable access to labour for employers, and
  • more flexibility for the Canadian labour market

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