After months of advocacy by the Hotel Association of Canada and the Coalition of the Hardest Hit Businesses, we are delighted to see the Government of Canada has made changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program that prioritize our industry. It will now be easier to access foreign workers for low-wage positions for one year.

Effective April 30:

  • Several sectors, including accommodation and food services, can hire up to 30% of their workforce through the TFW program for low-wage positions for one year.
  • The policy that automatically refuses Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications in regions with an unemployment rate of 6% or higher will end.
    • The Government of Alberta’s department of Labour and Immigration has confirmed that they will no longer proceed with the no process policy for LMIA applications under the TFW program, effective April 30, to align with the federal announcement.

Effective immediately:

  • There will no longer be a limit to the number of low-wage positions that employers in seasonal industries can fill through the TFW Program.
    • The maximum duration of these positions will be increased from 180 days to 270 days per year.
  • LMIAs are valid for 18 months, an increase of 9 months.
  • The maximum duration of employment for High-Wage and Global Talent Streams workers will be extended to three years. This will help workers qualify for permanent residency, contributing to our long-term workforce.

See the Government of Canada announcement for more details or reach out to us at if you have any questions.