Canada Recognized Employer Work Permit Program (REP) Expands by 84 New Occupations

Canada Recognized Employer Work Permit Program (REP) Expands by 84 New Occupations
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Canadian employers who are hoping to bring in foreign nationals to Canada as temporary workers through the streamlined, Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) can now hire them for a greatly-expanded list of eligible occupations.

When the pilot’s first phase kicked off in September, it was targeted solely on the agricultural sector and allowed REP-qualified employers to hire temporary workers only for four occupations, including:

NOC code 2021 Occupation
85100 Livestock labourers
85101 Harvesting labourers
84120 Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
85103 Nursery and greenhouse labourers

84 Occupations Are Now Eligible For Rep-Qualified Employers

Under the second phase of the REP, though, that list of eligible occupations has exploded to include 84 occupations, allowing recognized employers to benefit from validity periods of up to 36 months for Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications that receive a positive decision and also access a simplified LMIA application when hiring additional workers.

The list of eligible occupations under the second phase of the REP, which started this month, includes:

NOC code 2021 Occupation
20010 Engineering managers
20011 Architecture and science managers
21321 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
21322 Metallurgical and materials engineers
21200 Architects
21201 Landscape architects
21202 Urban and land use planners
21203 Land surveyors
31300 Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31301 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31100 Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101 Specialists in surgery
31102 General practitioners and family physicians
31103 Veterinarians
31111 Optometrists
31201 Chiropractors
31209 Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31121 Dieticians and nutritionists
31112 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
31202 Physiotherapists
32109 Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
31203 Occupational therapists
31204 Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
32120 Medical laboratory technologists
33101 Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
31303 Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32104 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
32103 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32121 Medical radiation technologists
32122 Medical sonographers
32110 Denturists
32111 Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32112 Dental technologists and technicians
33100 Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
32101 Licensed practical nurses
32102 Paramedical occupations
33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
33103 Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
33109 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
31200 Psychologists
41301 Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
41310 Police investigators and other investigative occupations
44101 Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
65310 Light-duty cleaners
63100 Insurance agents and brokers
62020 Food service supervisors
62200 Chefs
63200 Cooks
63201 Butchers – Retail and wholesale
65202 Meat cutters and fishmongers – Retail and wholesale
64100 Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers
65200 Food and beverage servers
65201 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
72106 Welders and related machine operators
72310 Carpenters
72311 Cabinetmakers
72400 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
72402 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
72405 Machine fitters
72406 Elevator constructors and mechanics
72420 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
72421 Appliance servicers and repairers
72422 Electrical mechanics
72423 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
72429 Other small engine and small equipment repairers
73200 Residential and commercial installers and servicers
73300 Transport truck drivers
85100 Livestock labourers
85101 Harvesting labourers
84120 Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
85103 Nursery and greenhouse labourers
85102 Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
85120 Logging and forestry labourers
94141 Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
94142 Fish and seafood plant workers
94210 Furniture and fixture assemblers, finishers, refinishers and inspectors
94211 Assemblers and inspectors of other wood products
95100 Labourers in mineral and metal processing
95101 Labourers in metal fabrication
95102 Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities
95103 Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing
95104 Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing
95106 Labourers in food and beverage processing
95107 Labourers in fish and seafood processing

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Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) proactively asked employers expected to meet REP eligibility criteria to apply using a dual-purpose LMIA application which differs from the regular LMIA. The ESDC was able to determine each employer’s REP eligibility based on its track record with the TFWP.

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Even if an employer did not get recognized status, he or she remains eligible to use the TFWP and the ESDC will continue to assess their LMIA.

Employers Can Apply To Hire Temporary Foreign Workers Through The Online Portal

Employers can apply in one of two ways:

  • through the LMIA online portal, a reliable and secure platform where employers can complete and submit an online application to ESDC or;
  • If the employer has a proof of valid exemption to the LMIA online portal, they can e-mail a PDF application form to ESDC.

The REP status gives employers access to:

  • a simplified application process for future LMIA applications for positions on the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) list;
  • fewer points of contact between participating employers and ESDC during the pilot due to simplified LMIA forms which enable employers to hire more temporary foreign workers, and;
  • a Jobbank designation to show their recognized status to help them recruit prospective workers.

Canadian employers hoping to attract workers through economic immigration can recruit them through the TFWP and the International Mobility Program (IMP).

The Global Talent Stream (GTS), a part of the TFWP, can under normal processing situations lead to the granting of Canadian work permits and processing of visa applications within two weeks.

Employers can also bring in foreign nationals to fill available positions through the Express Entry system, which receives immigration applications online.

It powers the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST), and Canada Experience Class Program (CEC) which all draw from the Express Entry pool of candidates. Those with the required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores are then sent Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in regular draws.

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