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List of Recommendations


As a result of their deliberations committees may make recommendations which they include in their reports for the consideration of the House of Commons or the Government. Recommendations related to this study are listed below.

Exempting Select Tourist Regions from the Six Percent Unemployment Limit

Recommendation 1

That the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion explore altering the Ministerial Instruction Refusal to process a Labour Market Impact Assessment to exempt, from the 6% unemployment cut-off to Labour Market Impact Assessments, Accommodation and Food Services applications in local regions experiencing difficulties hiring entry-level positions.

Increasing the Maximum Percentage of Temporary Foreign Workers

Recommendation 2

That Employment and Social Development Canada consider increasing the maximum number of temporary foreign workers allowed in low-wage positions to at least 20% of the company’s workforce in a single location.

Creating a Trusted Employer Designation

Recommendation 3

That Employment and Social Development Canada create a Trusted Employer designation that would allow employers with good records with similar applications to submit simplified Labour Market Impact Assessments for expedited processing.

Increasing the Duration of Work Permits

Recommendation 4

That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada consider increasing the duration of work permits and visas.

Providing Knowledgeable Service Canada Officers for Labour Market Impact Assessments and Audits

Recommendation 5

That Service Canada train and deploy Service Canada officers with increased knowledge of the sectors and regions that they serve.

Co-ordinating to Ensure Adequate Inspections of Working Conditions for Temporary Foreign Workers

Recommendation 6

That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada coordinate with different levels of government to ensure an adequate inspection process of workplaces and working conditions for temporary foreign workers.

Preventing Abuse by Offering More Accessible Pathways to Permanent Residence

Recommendation 7

That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issue ministerial instructions to create a broadly accessible pathway to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers, asylum seekers and out-of-status workers.

Creating Sectoral and Regional Work Permits

Recommendation 8

That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada consider the creation of sectoral and/or regional work permits.

Reviewing Out-of-Status Construction Workers Policy to Expand Best Practices

Recommendation 9

That the Government of Canada undertake a review of the temporary public policy for out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that provided permanent residence to out-of-status construction workers in order to learn best practices to expand the program to include other sectors of work such as caregivers.

Providing Continued Support to Rural and Northern Communities

Recommendation 10

That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada ensure continued funding and support to communities that are participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot.

Accepting On-The-Job Training as Equivalent Education for the Agri-Food Pilot

Recommendation 11

That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recognize on-the-job training provided by meat processors and mushroom growers over a sufficient time period as equivalent to the education requirement needed to qualify for the Agri-Food Pilot.

Giving More Advance Notice and Details of Requirements when Launching New Programs

Recommendation 12

That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, in planning future execution of innovative programs, consider providing advance notice and more fulsome details of the requirements.

Reimbursing Part of the Fee if the Low-Wage Permanent Resident Application Is Unsuccessful

Recommendation 13

That Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, in recognition of the often-difficult financial situation of low-wage foreign workers, reimburse a portion of the application fee if the permanent resident application is unsuccessful.