International Mobility Program

Study Suggests to Analyze the International Mobility Program

The Conference Board of Canada recently released a study offering recommendations to meet the labour demand in essential work. The study shows that:

  • Immigrants are an integral part of the essential workforce.
  • Moreover, essential work is often difficult and undervalued. As a result, Canada relies on newcomers and temporary residents to fill jobs.
  • Also, temporary residents are an increasing source of labour in the farm and food manufacturing subsectors.
  • In addition, many economic immigration programs and pathways to permanent residency focus on highly educated immigrants. However, the pandemic has shown, essential work usually requires other skill levels.

Another interesting fact is that over time, essential sectors like food manufacturing and truck transportation, rely more on workers with visas under IMP.

“Food manufacturing and truck transportation sectors have relied both on TFWP and IMP. However, both sectors have experienced a recent increase in the share of workers coming through IMP,” says the study. It add that “nursing and residential care has the smallest number of temporary residents among the sectors of focus, and around 51.7 per cent of those arrived through IMP.

International Mobility Program

The International Mobility Program (IMP) allows an employer to hire a temporary worker without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). In 2015, for example, around 37.1 percent of temporary workers in truck transportation and 32.9 percent in food manufacturing had work permits through IMP. Moreover, it increased respectively to 51.8 percent and 39.2 percent in 2017.

The study also pointed out that workers with visas under IMP have been gaining more prominence over time; however,  there are limited public data on which temporary resident groups are coming to Canada through IMP.  According to the study, there is not much information on which sectors and occupations they end up working either.

IMP Programs

About two-thirds of those who receive Canadian work permits use one of the IMP programs (e.g. the Mobility Francophone, etc.). Furthermore, one of the IMP options is the LMIA exemption code C11. This code is for entrepreneurs or self-employed people who meet the following requirements:

  • They have the skills and background to establish a successful business in Canada or purchase an existing one and turn it into a successful business.
  • They own at least 50% of the business they establish or purchase in Canada.
  • Their activities in Canada creates significant cultural, social, or economic benefits to our country.
  • They present a business plan that is meaningful and viable.
  • They have taken steps to make their plans happen before entering Canada (e.g. they have established the business, they have secured enough financial resources for the business, have contacted parallel businesses in Canada, and have signed agreements with Canadian suppliers, etc.)

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