Canada Adjust Median Hourly Wages For TFW Program In Canada

Median hourly wages have gone up in most Canadian provinces and territories.

Previous years, the average median hourly wages in Canada was about $12.63 per hour. That compares to $11.41 in 2017 and an increase of about 11%. More outstanding is the rise of over a third vs. 2010, when the average median wages was $9.25.

Canadian employers who are hiring temporary foreign workers use the provincial and territorial median hourly wages to know which criteria they have to meet for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

The wage they are putting forward, and the location for the position determines if the employers need to register for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) under the stream for low-wage or high-wage positions.

The newly updated median wage requirements went into effect on May 11.

Median hourly wages table

Hiring temporary foreign workers amidst coronavirus travel restrictions

Canada is currently assisting employers navigate the red tape involved in hiring foreign workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employment Social Development Canada (ESDC) have applied the following special measures to all LMIA applications:

  • employers in Canada do not need to lodge minor administrative changes to the LMIA that would not change the term and conditions;
  • recruitment requirements for LMIAs in agriculture and agri-food sectors are being removed until October 31, 2020;
  • LMIAs for occupations in the agriculture and agri-food industries are being prioritized;
  • the maximum duration of employment under LMIAs has expanded from one to two years for Canadian employers of workers in the low-wage program as part of a three-year pilot;
  • employers registering under the Agricultural stream or Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program can lodge a previously valid Housing Inspection Report; and
  • the name change process has been accelerated for employers who need to put a different candidate’s name on the LMIA for reasons related to coronavirus pandemic.

Canada is also offering supports for employers to make their operations safer for new temporary foreign employees, including a $50 million initiatives to allow workers to complete the mandatory fourteen (14) days isolation period.

Workers being hired from overseas will only be allowed to cross the border if they are coming for what the Canadian Border Services Agencies (CBSA) would consider an “essential reasons”.

If a foreign citizen is coming to work in occupations that supports critical infrastructure they will likely be admitted into Canada, provided that they can show that their position requires them to be physically present and they have an reliable quarantine plan.