The Canadian Government now offers two major programs in which Canadian employers would be able to sponsor foreign workers: the Temporary ForeignWorker Program and the International Mobility Program. The common goal of the two programs is to provide competitive advantages to Canada and reciprocal benefits to Canadians.
International Mobility Program (IMP)- The International Mobility Programs (IMP) include all streams of work permit applications that are LMIA-exempt under one umbrella. By exempting some foreign nationals from needing a labour market impact assessment before being able to work in Canada, the IMP aims to provide competitive advantages to Canada and reciprocal benefits to Canadians.
Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) - Resource page for foreign employers and workers on how to comply with the changes.
Major Differences Between the Two Programs - The TFWP will now refer to only those streams under which foreign workers enter Canada at the request of employers following approval through a new Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The new International Mobility Programs (IMP) will include those streams in which foreign nationals are not subject to an LMIA, and whose primary objective is to advance Canada’s broad economic and cultural national interest, rather than filling particular jobs. These new categories will improve accountability, with Employment and Social Development Canada being the lead department for the TFWP, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada the lead department for the IMP