Canada Suspends Recruitment for Certain Food Service Occupations

On April 24, 2014, Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney (formerly the Immigration Minister) announced that Canadian employers would no longer be able to sponsor certain occupations in the food services industry.

A sponsorship would require the employer to file a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) the crucial first step towards recruiting foreign workers.

An official list of occupations ineligible for LMO and sponsorship was released. Pending LMO applications will be cancelled. However, employers will receive full refunds of processing fees.

“Any unused positions on positive LMOs that have been issued to employers for these sectors will be suspended, and therefore will may no longer be used to obtain an additional work permit. Minister Kenney has not specifically stated if and when the moratorium will end, although he mentioned that the government was investigating abuses of the temporary foreign worker program in the food services sector.”

The list of ineligible occupations is shown below:

6641

Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations

0631

Restaurant and Food Service Managers

6212

Food Service Supervisors

6453

Food and Beverage Servers

6611

Cashiers

6241

Chefs

6242

Cooks

6252

Bakers

0611

Sales, Marketing and Advertising Managers

0621

Retail Trade Manager

0632

Accommodation Service Managers

0651

Other Services Managers

6211

Retail Trade Supervisors

6213

Executive Housekeepers

6214

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Supervisors

6215

Cleaning Supervisors

6216

Other Service Supervisors

6221

Technical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade

6251

Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers - Retail and Wholesale

6411

Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)

6421

Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks

6451

Maîtres d'hôtel and Hosts/Hostesses

6452

Bartenders

6484

Other Personal Service Occupations

6622

Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers

6623

Other Elemental Sales Occupations

6651

Security Guards and Related Occupations

6661

Light Duty Cleaners

6662

Specialized Cleaners

6663

Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents

6681

Dry Cleaning and Laundry Occupations

6682

Ironing, Pressing and Finishing Occupations

6683

Other Elemental Service Occupations

 

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