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Successfully hiring foreign workers while avoiding the hassle of a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), this is the interest of the International Mobility Program (IMP); the opposite of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in which the LMIA is an obligation to be met. This exemption from obtaining the LMIA applies to all components of the IMP.
The IMP work permit application process is straightforward and is made in just two steps. This ease of the process saves both parties time and even financial resources. However, the benefits of the IMP are not just for workers and employers. Canada continues to promote the IMP because of the economic, social and cultural interests it gets from it. In this article, we present three main components of the IMP namely: Francophone Mobility, International Experience Canada (EIC) and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).
The International Mobility Program Plus (IMP+) is part of a recent agreement between Quebec and Ottawa. Announced only on August 6, 2021, this component of the IMP is exclusively intended for Quebec employers and foreigners who wish to settle permanently in Quebec. According to the agreement, 7,000 work permits exempt from the LMIA will be issued annually until 2023 to help the province of Quebec fill its skilled labor shortages, especially in key sectors of its economy. The IMP+ is open to foreign workers who have already obtained their Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) but who are still outside Quebec. It aims at speeding up the arrival process of workers by facilitating the process of their hiring by Quebec employers.
International Experience Canada (IEC) has three components: The Working Holiday Permit, the Young Professionals Permit, the International Co-op Internship Permit. All of these programs have the particularity of offering young people a first work experience in Canada.
The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, that entered into force on July 1, 2020, replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in force since January 1, 1994. It is an agreement of economic and commercial free trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. It enables the three countries to create a vast market of nearly 500 million consumers of goods and services. Initiated in response to the birth of the European bloc, the agreement even in its current version promotes the movement of goods and people. CUSMA promotes the temporary admission of businessmen and businesswomen from the three countries on a reciprocal basis. It exempts these people from obtaining an LMIA but requires that they be citizens of Canada, the United States or Mexico. Depending on the purpose of the trip, applicants can become temporary residents in one of these categories: business visitors, professionals, traders or investors, and people transferred within a company. They benefit from a temporary resident visa for a period of six months (6) to three (3) years, renewable or not. However, it should be noted that CUSMA does not facilitate admission to permanent residence and does not exclude checks related to identity and security.
Each of these aspects of the IMP has many particularities that cannot be presented in one article. As we master them all perfectly well, we are able to answer all your concerns if you contact us. For more than twenty years, we have successfully advised dozens of companies to choose the program that best suits their realities. You too need us to optimize your choices.