New Fees and Regulations for Employers of Foreign Workers

It is about to become more difficult and costly for Canadian employers to hire certain kinds of foreign workers, with the federal government set to impose new fees and regulations next week on a sector that has been at the centre of numerous scandals in recent months.

Starting Feb. 21, employers wishing to hire foreign workers without a Labour Market Impact Assessment — the federal government’s check to make sure Canadians are not being displaced — will be required to submit information about their business or organization and an offer of employment to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, as well as pay an “employer compliance” fee of $230. Those on open work permits, which are not tied to a specific employer, will pay a new $100 fee.

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