Operational Bulletin 210 – June 4, 2010

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

End of Simplified Entry Process for Information Technology (IT) specialists – Temporary Foreign Worker Program

This Operational Bulletin has expired.


The purpose of this Operational Bulletin (OB) is to bring awareness to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada/Service Canada’s (HRSDC/SC) plans to rescind the IT National Labour Market Opinion (LMO), and to provide information as to what actions Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is taking in response.


In May 1997, to address a shortage of skilled workers in the rapidly growing IT sector, Canada agreed to a facilitated process for selected IT occupations (IT National LMO) on a pilot basis.

Under this National LMO pilot, an employer is not required to obtain an LMO in order to hire foreign workers and no confirmation letter from HRSDC/SC is issued; CIC and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) determine whether the job offered falls under one of the selected occupations.

Ending the Pilot

On May 20th, 2010, HRSDC/SC issued a notice for employers that this facilitated process will end on September 30, 2010. (Note: for employers wanting to hire foreign workers for positions in Quebec, the facilitated process will remain in place for a limited time after September 30, 2010).

As a result, effective October 1, 2010, employers who wish to hire Temporary Foreign Workers previously eligible for IT facilitated processing will be required to apply for a (LMO).

Also, effective October 1, 2010, work permit applications received by CIC or CBSA at a port of entry will require a copy of the LMO for the seven specific IT occupations that were previously under the facilitated process.

For more information, see the Notice for employers on the HRSDC website.

CIC Actions

The CIC internet webpage “Working temporarily in Canada: Special categories – Information technology workers has been updated with a message box notifying foreign workers of the end of the pilot. This page will be phased out after October 1st, 2010.

In September 2010, a new OB will be issued containing more details on the cancellation of the facilitated process, as well as transitional instructions for officers processing and/or issuing work permits to IT software specialists.

Section 5.25 in the Foreign Worker (FW 1) manual will be revised in October, 2010 to reflect this change.

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