April 29, 2013: Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and
the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism,
announced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
The Government has introduced legislative, regulatory and administrative changes
- effective immediately, require employers to pay temporary foreign workers at the
prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility;
- effective immediately, temporarily suspend the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion
- increase the Government’s authority to suspend and revoke work permits and Labour
Market Opinions (LMOs) if the program is being misused;
- add questions to employer LMO applications to ensure that the TFWP is not used to
facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs;
- ensure employers who rely on temporary foreign workers have a firm plan in place
to transition to a Canadian workforce over time through the LMO process;
- introduce fees for employers for the processing of LMOs and increase the fees for
work permits so that the taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the costs; and
- identify English and French as the only languages that can be used as a job requirement.
March 20, 2013:
March is Fraud Prevention Month! Ottawa, March 20, 2013 — Citizenship, Immigration
and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney is advising Canadians and newcomers to
inform themselves to avoid becoming victims of immigration fraud during Fraud Prevention
December 17, 2012:
The newly updated and revised Yukon Nominee Program Application Handbook is now
September 19, 2012:
If the foreign national is to be employed in the transportation industry as a taxi
driver, long haul trucker, etc. the following requirement must be met: Applicants
who hold a driver's license outside of Canada within the past 3
years must obtain their own driver's record that would show information about
recent collisions, violations, or suspensions. Every country has a different procedure
for this, but we recommend contacting the agency which issued your license.
September 19, 2012: Incomplete Applications
A letter will be sent to the employer, stating that this application cannot be processed.
The employer will be given a period of 30 days to submit the information lacking.
If, after a period of 30 days, the necessary information has not been provided,
the application will be returned to the employer.
August 31, 2012: Extensions of Nominations
In some cases a nominee may require an extension of their nomination. While the
issuance of work permit extensions remains the purview of Citizenship and Immigration
Canada (CIC), the YNP can assist the nominee in renewing their nomination. The YNP
will assist; if the nominee has begun the permanent residence process, has not yet
received their permanent status, and the nomination is due to expire in a relatively
Criteria for renewal:
A) The nominee must demonstrate that they have undertaken the permanent residence
process, and provide the reviewing officer of evidence of this fact.
B) The nominee must advise the Yukon Nominee program in advance
of the imminent expiry of their work permit. The Yukon Nominee Program will not
undertake the renewal process if the permit is due to expire in less than 30
C) Yukon provincial nominees are each eligible for a one-time extension
of their nomination. Requests for extension of Nomination will only be accepted
in writing addressed to the Yukon Nominee manager clearly indicating the reason
for extension. The reason(s) for extension will be reviewed by the YNP. There
is no guarantee that an extension will be issued. The YNP will not
issue more than one extension request.
D) The extension request is subject to all conditions that were in place at the
time the original nomination certificate was issued by the YNP.
F) Extension requests may take up to 30 days to process and forward to CIC. The
YNP cannot respond to any inquiries about the status of a work permit extension
June 12, 2012: Application Processing Time
The current processing time for Skilled Worker / Critical Impact Worker applications
is 8-10 weeks from receipt of a complete application. Processing times will
increase with the volume of applications received.
June 12, 2012: Foreign Nationals applying to Yukon Nominee Program
from within Canada must provide proof of current legal status in Canada.
June 12, 2012: Language Standards:
Starting July 1, 2012 - All Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants
to Critical Impact Worker or Skilled Worker Stream will need language testing. This
test will show whether your skills meet a minimum standard in each of these four
categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Applicants must provide valid results from a language test administered by a designated
testing agency. The acceptable tests are:
- the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training;
- the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP-General); and
- the Test d’évaluation de français (to test proficiency in French).
No other evidence of language proficiency will be accepted.
Requirement for NOC O & A (Skilled Worker):
English: IELTS Level 6 in each category
English: CELPIP: Level 4L in each category
French: TEF Level 4 in each category
Requirement for NOC B (Skilled Worker):
English: IELTS Level 5 in each category
English: CELPIP: Level 3L in each category
French: TEF Level 3 in each category
Requirement for NOC C & D (Critical Impact Worker) :
English: IELTS Level 4 in each category
English: CELPIP: Level 2H in each category
French: TEF Level 3 in each category
PLEASE NOTE: Effective July 1, 2012 only the original IELTS, CELPIP &
TEF, language testing documents will be accepted.
April 19, 2012: Please be advised that Guaranteed Employment Offer
form has been updated to reflect the recent changes to Low Income Cut-Off figures
recently released by Statistics Canada.
March 28, 2012: Incomplete Nominee Applications :
As of April 2, 2012, employers will receive a letter from our office to provide
the missing documents within the timeline indicated in the letter. Failure to do
that will result in the application being denied.
March 28, 2012: Statistics Canada released the annual CPI figures
for the year ending December 2011, noting a 3 percent annual average increase for
Whitehorse. Therefore, effective April 1, the wages for Nominees should reflect
the 3% increase.
March 23, 2012: Employers, please note that as of March 1, 2012,
applications must be submitted on the new forms. Applications in the old format
will not be accepted.
Effective March 1, 2012 the Employment Contract is replaced with a Guaranteed
Employment Offer, the Affidavit of Support is replaced with a Settlement
and Retention Plan. In addition the Memorandum of Understanding
and the YNP application form have been revised. The goals of the changes
have been to ensure that people who are nominated to immigrate to Yukon can successfully
integrate and create a positive experience for nominees and employers.
These changes are being implemented after extensive consultations with the stakeholders
in Whitehorse, Dawson City and Watson Lake.