Canada Introduces Recognized Employer Pilot for Temporary Foreign Workers

Canada Introduces Recognized Employer Pilot for Temporary Foreign Workers

The Canadian government is taking a significant step towards addressing labor shortages with the upcoming launch of the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) in September. This initiative, operating under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), aims to streamline the hiring process for repeat employers who have demonstrated consistent compliance with TFWP requirements.

Under the REP, eligible employers will be granted access to Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) valid for up to 36 months, along with a simplified LMIA application process. This innovative approach is set to simplify the administrative processes and empower recognized employers to better plan their staffing needs.

The Benefits of the Recognized Employer Pilot:

  1. Streamlined Application Process: Recognized employers will benefit from a simplified application process for future LMIA applications, specifically for positions listed in the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS).
  2. Extended Validity: LMIAs granted under the REP will be valid for up to 36 months, providing stability and consistency in workforce planning.
  3. Fewer Points of Contact: Participating employers will experience fewer points of contact with the Department of Employment and Social Development (ESDC) due to simplified LMIA forms.
  4. Job Bank Designation: Recognized employers will receive a Job Bank designation, enhancing their appeal to potential workers seeking employment opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria:

To participate in the REP, employers must have a minimum of three positive LMIAs for the same occupation over the past five years. These LMIAs should be from a list of occupations in-shortage based on Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) data.

Rollout Phases:

The REP will be launched in two stages:

  1. September 2023: Employers in the Primary Agriculture stream can apply, specifically timed for the 2024 season.
  2. January 2024: All other industry sectors can participate in the REP.

Application Deadline:
Employers have until September 2024 to submit their applications for both streams of the Recognized Employer Pilot.

Assessment Process:
EDSC will evaluate REP applications based on employers’ compliance history with the TFW Program. Those who meet the REP eligibility criteria will be invited to apply using a dual-purpose LMIA application, catering to recognized status under the REP and regular LMIA requirements.

Support and Briefings:
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will offer technical briefings to stakeholders, providing in-depth information about the REP and the application process.

As the Recognized Employer Pilot unfolds, Swift Immigration Solutions stands ready to assist. We’re committed to keeping you informed and helping you navigate this new opportunity effectively. Stay tuned for more details as we embark on this journey together.

IRCC’s First-Ever Express Entry STEM Draw


At Swift Immigration Solutions, we are thrilled to share exciting news from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). In their most recent round of Express Entry invitations, a historic milestone was achieved with the first-ever category-based selection draw for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) occupations.

A total of 500 eligible candidates received invitations with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 486. This draw comes as no surprise, as IRCC had previously announced the plan for a STEM-specific draw. The move aims to prioritize skilled newcomers with STEM expertise, fulfilling the growing demand for talent in these crucial fields, and fostering Canada’s economic growth and technological advancement.

What to Expect in the STEM Draw

The Express Entry draw specifically targets candidates who fall under eligible occupations in the STEM category. These professionals play a pivotal role in shaping Canada’s future by contributing their expertise to various industries, such as architecture, engineering, data science, software development, and much more. By focusing on STEM professionals, Canada ensures that its workforce remains at the forefront of innovation and remains competitive on a global scale.

Eligible Occupations Under the STEM Draw

The list of eligible occupations for the STEM draw is extensive and includes roles such as architects, computer engineers, cybersecurity specialists, data scientists, electrical and electronics engineers, software developers, web designers, and many others. These professionals possess unique skills and knowledge that enhance the nation’s technological landscape and drive progress.

Category-Based Selection Criteria

The introduction of category-based selection criteria marks a significant shift in the Express Entry system. Alongside the STEM category, other priority areas include healthcare, trades, agriculture, transport, and strong French-language proficiency. IRCC’s selection is based on labor market projections, discussions with partners, stakeholders, provincial, and territorial governments. The aim is to align immigration policies with Canada’s economic priorities and fill labor market gaps effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

For those considering whether they qualify for the STEM draw, it is crucial to understand the criteria:

  1. Express Entry Pool Requirement: Candidates must be in the Express Entry pool through an Express Entry managed program, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or Canadian Experience Class.
  2. CRS Score: Category-based rounds of invitations will rank candidates based on their CRS score, and the top-ranking individuals who meet the category requirements will receive invitations. High CRS scores remain essential for consideration in regular all-program or program-specific draws.
  3. Frequency of Draws: IRCC does not follow a specific schedule for Express Entry draws or target a fixed number of candidates through any program or category. Draws occur at the discretion of the Immigration Minister, in line with economic priorities and supporting the French language.
  4. Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for one of the five occupation-specific categories, candidates must have at least 6 months of continuous work experience within the past 3 years in a single occupation listed as eligible. Additionally, meeting all the requirements specified in the instructions for each round is essential.

At Swift Immigration Solutions, we strive to provide comprehensive support and guidance to our clients throughout the immigration process. Whether you’re considering the STEM draw or exploring other pathways to Canada, our team of experts is here to assist you every step of the way.

If you believe you qualify for the Express Entry program or any other immigration stream, we encourage you to get in touch with our team to discuss your options. Let’s navigate the journey to your Canadian dream together.

Reach out to us today for personalized assistance and embark on an exciting new chapter in your life with Swift Immigration Solutions.

4 New English tests approved by IRCC for SDS program

4 New English tests approved by IRCC for SDS program

IRCC has recently announced some good news for international students applying through the student direct stream ( SDS). 4 new language tests have been added to the list of eligible tests for these type of applications. Starting August 10th 2023 , those 4 English tests will be accepted :

  • CAEL
  • CELPIP General
  • PTE Academic
  • TOEFL iBT Test

The previous accepted tests IELTS general and academic are still eligible for SDS

What will be the new requirements?

  • CAEL and PTE Academic test results must show a minimum score of 60.
  • CELPIP must show a minimum of 7 in each section
  • TOEFL iBT Test must meet the requirements of minimum 83 points

All tests must also be taken in person. Online test results will not be accepted by IRCC

What do we know about SDS?

Student direct stream or SDS is a program implemented by IRCC to help foreign nationals from 14 countries fast track their study permit application. In normal timelines, most SDS applications are processed in 20 calendar days if the eligibility criteria are met. To benefit from this Immigration program, you must

  • Be a legal resident living in 1 of the following countries:
    China, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Vietnam, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda
  • Have an acceptance letter from a post-secondary designated learning institution
  • Apply from outside of Canada
  • You have paid your tuition fees for your first year of study
  • Open Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) of CAN$10,000
  • Get a medical exam before you apply
  • Get a police certificate before you apply
  • Have your most recent secondary or post-secondary school transcript(s)
  • Have a language test result such as IELTS that shows an academic or general training score of 6.0 or higher in each skill (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • If you cannot complete the IELTS, you must complete one of the English tests mentioned above.

International students continue to be great assets for the Canadian government in their hope of attracting the most skilled people around the world. Canada is one of the most welcoming countries for international students and creates a clear pathway for them to become permanent residents through Canadian Experience Class. Canada remains a great destination for those students due to its education system, diversity and cultural experience.