Employers' obligations are heightened when dealing with temporary foreign workers. This is primarily because of a recognition that temporary foreign workers are usually more vulnerable in the labour market than Canadians or permanent residents.
On May 12, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a temporary policy (Policy), which allows temporary foreign workers already in Canada to receive interim approval for employment in a new job or with a new employer, while their work permit application is being fully processed. The Policy went into effect on the same day as the announcement.
Many Canadian companies face ongoing labour shortages in a variety of positions. The frustration of their recruiters and HR professionals is palpable, for despite offering above average wages, group benefits and other perquisites of employment, finding quality personnel to fill vacancies is harder than ever for some professions. One possible solution is often overlooked.