ARCHIVED – Operational Bulletin 337-B – February 17, 2014

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

Expiry of the pilot project for working-age dependent children of temporary foreign workers destined to British Columbia on February 14, 2014

This document has expired. Please refer to the appropriate Program Delivery Instructions for current information.


The pilot project for working-age dependents of temporary foreign workers (TFW) destined to work in British Columbia (B.C.) has expired on February 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). Work permit applications for participants will not be accepted after February 14, 2014.


The TFW Annex of the Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement was created to provide the province of B.C. with mechanisms to facilitate the entry of TFWs to meet its economic priorities and labour market objectives. The pilot has expired on February 14, 2014.


On August 15, 2011, this pilot project was launched under article 7.1 of the TFW Annex – archived to the Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement that allowed the issuance of open work permits (WPs) to spouses, common-law partners and working-age dependants (18–22) of most TFWs employed in B.C.

Changes to this pilot project became effective February 15, 2013, thereby cancelling the option for spouses and common-law partners of TFWs working in occupations at all National Occupation Classification (NOC) levels to apply for an open work permit.

The pilot allowing open work permits for working-age dependents of skilled TFWs (NOC level 0, A or B) will expire and will not accept applications after the current deadline of February 14, 2014.

Pilot parameters for applications received on or before February 14, 2014

A) Eligibility – Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • The principal applicant must be currently employed in a NOC 0, A or B level.
  • The applicant must be a dependent child of a principal applicant.
  • The principal TFW (initial WP holder) must hold an employer-specific WP that is valid for at least six months for an employer located in B.C.
  • Dependent children (see Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations Division 1, Interpretation) must be aged 18-22 at the date of application and eligible to work in B.C.
  • Dependants of TFWs in B.C. are not eligible for open WPs under this pilot if the principal applicant has a WP issued under the International Experience Canada program.

B) Open WP issuance and extensions

  • A non job-specific open or open/restricted (depending on medical examination requirements, if applicable) WP may be issued to the eligible applicant accompanying a TFW principal applicant as described above, upon receipt of a WP application without requiring a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada.
  • An applicant’s WP must not be issued before the principal applicant has been issued a WP.
  • An applicant may apply for an open WP at the same time as the principal applicant or subsequently – at a mission, port of entry or in-land. If the applicant is applying on a significantly later date after the issuance of the principal TFW’s WP, an officer may wish to request the applicant provide proof that the principal TFW continues to be in good standing with the employer. Such proof can be in the form of a letter from the employer, or a recent pay stub.
  • The applicant must also meet all other admissibility requirements to be issued a WP under this pilot.
  • Verifications should be performed as per existing procedures, so that officers are satisfied that the relationship is bona fide.
  • WPs issued under this pilot must be valid for the same period as the WP of the principal TFW.
  • Should the principal applicant’s WP be extended, the WP of the dependant can be similarly extended upon application, provided that it does not exceed the duration of the principal applicant’s WP. The extension decision must be taken during the operating period of this pilot project.

C) System instructions

  • LMO exemption code: T13
  • Special program codes: Officers are requested to enter the special program code “WDP” (working-age dependants of provincial TFWs) in the system in order to monitor progress of the pilot and to support an effective review.
  • The WP number of the principal applicant directly related to the applicant is also to be included in remarks for cross-reference purposes using the following wording, as applicable:
    • Dependant – X-Ref – (WP#) U123456789
  • The applicant’s WP should specify in the Conditions field that it is only valid for work with an employer located in B.C. When an employer has locations in more than one province, the employment should be with the B.C. office of that employer.
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