Immigration Policy Wins

 

HAC has achieved significant immigration policy wins to unlock access to international workers needed in the hotel sector. Below are key policy wins we have been able to secure for hotels across Canada:

 

ECONOMIC MOBILITY PATHWAYS PILOT (EMPP)
 
TRAVEL VISA CHANGES
  • 13 Countries Allowed Visa-Free Travel for eligible travellers: Known-travellers from 13 countries (including the Philippines and Morrocco) no longer require a visa, and now use eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) instead. This will make it easier for employers to access temporary foreign workers from these countries, as these workers will no longer require a travel visa.
 
TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKERS (TFWs)
  • Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) Update: New flexibility to the eligibility criteria of REP that takes into account the difficult COVID period for employers. Employers who didn’t submit an LMIA application or receive a positive decision on an LMIA submitted during 2020 or 2021, are still eligible if they had:
    • at least one positive LMIA in 2022 or 2023, and
    • 2 additional positive LMIAs in any of 2023, 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017 or 2016
  • Accommodations 30% cap extended until August 30th, 2024)
  • Last year’s temporary changes to TFW extended:
    • LMIAs valid for 18 months (Until October 30th, 2023)
    • Accommodations 30% cap extended until October 30th, 2024)
  • TFW family members to receive work permits: The government announced that for 2 years,  spouses and dependents of TFWs will be eligible for work permits, increasing the pool of workers the hotel sector can access.
  • New Workforce Solutions Road Map Released: Government introduced the Workforce Solutions Road Map to improve the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and address the labour shortage in the hotel sector. Key changes include:
    • LMIAs valid for 18 months (previously 9 months).
    • Hotels recognized as a sector with demonstrated labour shortage and given a 30% cap (20% for other sectors).
  • Family re-unification improvements include measures to address labour shortage: The government announced faster processing times for visas and the following measures that allow out of status workers to stay in work longer while they renew their work permits.
    • Open work permit extensions for open work permit holders expiring between August 1 and the end of 2023
    • Spouses and dependents whose open work permits expire between August 1 and the end of 2023, will be able to extend their work permits for an additional 18 months.
 
STUDENTS AND RECENT GRADUATES
 
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE CANADA
  • Canada’s youth mobility agreement with the UK to expand in 2024: The age limit to participate in the program has been increased from 18-30 to 18-35.  The period participants can stay in Canada is now 3 years (increased from 2 years). There are also two new streams, the International Co-op and Young professionals streams.
  • International Experience Canada expanded by 20%: The International Experience Canada program brings almost 90,000 youth to Canada to travel and work. This helps seasonal employers fill gaps with newcomers who are passionate about travel.