International Mobility Program: penalties for employers

Penalties

If we find you non-compliant, the penalty you’ll face mainly depends on the severity of the non-compliance.

Violations before December 1, 2015

We’ll add your name and address to the list of employers who have been non-compliant.

You won’t be able to hire temporary workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program for 2 years, starting on the date the final decision was made.

Violations on or after December 1, 2015

You could face a number of penalties. Penalties are decided by a points system that looks at:

  • the number of program violations
  • how you did not comply
  • your compliance history
  • how serious the violation(s) is(are)
  • the number of workers negatively affected by the violation(s)
  • the size of the your business (for monetary penalties only)
  • if you voluntarily disclosed information before we told you that you would be inspected

Possible penalties include:

  • warning letters
  • monetary penalties from $500 to $100,000 per violation
    • up to a maximum of $1 million over 1 year
  • a ban from hiring temporary workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program for 1, 2, 5, or 10 years
  • a permanent ban from hiring temporary workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program (for serious violations only)

We may also:

  • refuse any pending work permit applications tied to your business
  • revoke active work permits that are tied to your business

Your business will also be added to the public list of employers who have been non-compliant if you receive:

  • a monetary penalty of any amount
  • a ban of any length of time
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