New Canada Recognized Employer Pilot To Help Employers Hire Temporary Workers

New Canada Recognized Employer Pilot To Help Employers Hire Temporary Workers
Canada immigration free assessment

Canada is helping companies more easily hire foreign nationals for Canada jobs through a new Recognized Employer Pilot (REP), part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

“The newly launched Recognized Employer Pilot will provide eligible Canadian employers with more streamlined access to labour, while upholding the highest standards in worker protections,” tweeted Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) on Aug. 8.

The REP will kick into gear first for employers in the primary agricultural sector this coming September 2023, when those employers will be able to apply in time for the 2024 season.

In its second stage, the REP will allow employers from other industry sectors to apply starting in January 2024. Applications for both streams will be accepted until September 2024.

“Employers who are expected to meet REP eligibility criteria will be proactively invited to apply using a dual-purpose Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application which differs from the regular LMIA,” notes the ESDC.

Read More Canada Immigration News

Canada’s Record-High Immigration Levels Plan To Be Maintained Or Increased, Says Marc Miller
Top 10 Best Cities For Technology Jobs in Canada
More Canada Immigrants Finding Jobs Than Before Pandemic
Jobs In Toronto: The Top 10 Occupations With Most Vacancies

“Employers can request that the application be used to apply for recognized status under REP and for the LMIA at the same time.”

The ESDC will determine each employer’s REP eligibility based on its track record with the TFWP.

Are you an employer looking to hire foreign workers in Canada? can help through its sister company, We provide a comprehensive recruitment package to help you identify and hire the best individuals from abroad. Contact us now.

But even if an employer does 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 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.

If you are a candidate looking for a Canada job, or an employer looking to recruit foreign talent from abroad, can help. Access our expertise through our in-house recruitment enterprise, “the leader in foreign recruitment”.

The REP status will give 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 Job Bank designation to show their recognized status to help them recruit prospective workers.

REP Gives LMIA Validity Periods Of Up To Three Years

“Employers who become recognized will gain access to LMIA validity periods of up to 36 months, and, if required, simplified LMIA applications to hire additional workers in the future,” notes the ESDC.

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.

Are you ready to live and work in Canada? Fill out our free evaluation form to find out if you are eligible.

Become the right candidate with the job you always wanted with our online IELTS and EECP packages at

Canada immigration free assessment