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Work in Canada! 84 New Jobs Added to REP – No LMIA Needed! Find Your Dream Opportunity Now

Struggling with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) red tape? Canada’s new Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) might be your game-changer. This program, launched in September 2023, aims to simplify TFW hiring for employers who play by the rules and consistently fill in-demand jobs.

What is the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP)?

The REP is a pilot program launched in September 2023 to streamline the hiring process for Canadian employers who frequently use the TFWP and maintain high employment standards. It aims to benefit both employers and foreign workers by:

  • Simplifying the LMIA process: Recognized employers can obtain LMIA validity periods of up to 36 months for approved positions, compared to the standard 9 months. They may also be eligible for simplified LMIA applications when hiring additional workers in the future.
  • Providing faster access to labor: The streamlined process helps employers fill crucial positions more quickly, especially in sectors facing labor shortages.
  • Ensuring fair treatment of foreign workers: The REP upholds existing worker protections and ensures that wages, working conditions, and benefits meet Canadian standards.

Who is eligible for the REP?

To be eligible for the REP, employers must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a history of complying with TFWP requirements, with at least three positive LMIAs in the past five years for relevant occupations.
  • Demonstrate top-tier employment practices, including fair wages, safe working conditions, and access to benefits.
  • Be hiring for positions on the designated REP occupations list.

What are the REP occupations?

The REP occupations list is divided into two phases:

  • Phase 1 (launched September 2023): Primarily focused on positions in Primary Agriculture. You can find the specific occupations included on the official government website. https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/agri-food-pilot/about.html
  • Stage Two: Expands to other industries. As of February 2024, Stage Two is not yet fully implemented, but 84 new occupations were added to the REP list in December 2023, giving us a sneak peek at some likely inclusions. This list includes positions in various industries, such as:
    • Construction trades (e.g., carpenters, electricians, plumbers)
    • Food processing and manufacturing (e.g., bakers, butchers, millwrights)
    • Healthcare (e.g., nurses, personal support workers)
    • Transportation and logistics (e.g., truck drivers, warehouse workers)
    • Hospitality and tourism (e.g., cooks, chefs, servers)
    • Information technology (e.g., software developers, network administrators)

List of 84 new occupations were added to the REP list in December 2023

NOC Code Occupation
20010 Engineering managers
20011 Architecture and science managers
21321 Industrial and manufacturing engineers
21322 Metallurgical and materials engineers
20010 Engineering managers
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 laborers
85101 Harvesting laborers
84120 Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
85103 Nursery and greenhouse laborers
85102 Aquaculture and marine harvest laborers
85120 Logging and forestry laborers
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 Laborers in mineral and metal processing
95101 Laborers in metal fabrication
95102 Laborers in chemical products processing and utilities
95103 Laborers in wood, pulp and paper processing
95104 Laborers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing
95106 Laborers in food and beverage processing
95107 Laborers in fish and seafood processing
95103 Laborers in wood, pulp and paper processing

Please note: The official Stage Two list of eligible occupations has not yet been finalized. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the Government of Canada website: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/foreign-workers/recognized-employer.html.

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