Program delivery update – January 27, 2016

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

International Mobility Program: Employer compliance


New program delivery instructions have been developed to support the employer compliance regime, as part of the changes to the International Mobility Program introduced in December 2013 and strengthened in February 2015.

  • Employer compliance inspections
    • Regulations imposing conditions on employers under the International Mobility Program (IMP) and providing officers with powers to inspect employers for compliance with those conditions came into effect on December 31, 2013.
    • It may be assessed under section 209.5 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) whether employers have met the conditions set out in sections R209.2 and R209.4.
    • The instructions highlight the circumstances under which an inspection may be triggered and explain how to assess compliance.
    • Only information provided by the employer can be inspected for accuracy.
    • While only the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Case Management Branch (CMB) may initiate an inspection, officers can refer information to the CMB to trigger an inspection.
  • Revocation of work permits due to public policy considerations
    • On December 31, 2013, Ministerial Instructions 11 were given, authorizing IRCC to revoke work permits if, in the officer’s opinion, public policy considerations that are specified in instructions justify the revocation.
    • The instructions provide the public policy considerations that may justify the revocation of a work permit as well as the steps for revoking work permits.
    • The designated authority and final decision to revoke work permits is limited to specific positions in the CMB only.

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