Beginning FEBRUARY 21, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) will require that employers hiring temporary foreign workers (“TFWs”) that are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) process to pay a new fee to CIC.
The new fee for each work permit will be CAD $230 (payable on-line by employers). Employers will have to supply new and additional information about their business and an additional form, even when TFWs are applying at a Canadian port of entry.
With this new system in motion, any foreign national exempt from a LMIA will only be able to get a Canadian employer-specific work permit if their Canadian employer has submitted the desired data, and paid the applicable fee before their work permit application is submitted, or created at a port of entry.
By implementing this fee, CIC hopes to be able to cover the cost of their new employer compliance system, which will precipitate inspections of Canadian employers that use TFWs. Non-compliance might mean administrative financial penalties, a ban from using TFWs, or possibly criminal investigation and prosecution, in the most serious cases of abuse by employers.
Open Work Permit Holders
While the CAD $230 fee is not applicable to this group of permit holders, a new fee of CAD $100 will be collected from open work permit applicants commencing February 21, 2015 (paid on-line at the time of application).
CIC is implementing this new fee to generate revenue for improved data collection and coverage on the role of open work permit holders within the Canadian labour market.
CIC will refund any of these new fees if the application submitted is later refused, or where the employer withdraws a job offer before the work permit is issued.