What you need to know about changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program

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Earlier this year the federal government made changes to Canada’s temporary foreign worker program with the stated purpose of ensuring that Canadians are given the first opportunity to apply for available jobs. Most temporary foreign workers require a work permit to legally work in Canada. In many instances, the employer must first obtain a positive Labour Market Opinion (LMO) from Service Canada before the worker can apply for a work permit.

Under the new program rules, employees must pay a processing fee of $275 per LMO for each position requested, which is estimated to cover the cost of the LMO. The only exceptions from the processing fee are for employees who are hired under certain agricultural programs. The processing fee is nonrefundable.

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