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Canada Waived Labour Market Impact Assessment Fee

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Until now, immigrant families on Temporary Foreign Worker Program who hired caregivers in Canada had to pay a fee of CAD 1,000 for Labour Market Impact Assessment. Families who have a total yearly income of CAD 150,000 don’t need to pay this fee anymore. The federal government removed the regulation after families complained about that they were unable to hire foreign caregivers because they couldn’t afford to pay the $1,000 CAD fee which is the little bit high.

Abolishing this fee was one of the campaigns the Liberal Party led during the 2015 elections, and it looks like Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, stayed true to his words. However, it has one more specific condition. The government has removed this fee for only those families wanting a caregiver to look after a family member who is mentally or physically limited. Employment and Social Development Canada, a government agency that handled the temporary work visa, said that any one member of the families that are unable to pay the fees have to give up their job to look after the individual with special needs.

If they are able to hire a caregiver and not pay the assessment fees, they can return back to work and support their families in a much better way. According to the Liberal government, around 3,350 immigrant families on the temporary work permit will benefit from the abolition. The Conservative government had started this fee back in 2014 because people were abusing the temporary work permit.

Live-In Caregiver Program

Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Immigration Minister, has assured that the government will tackle all the backlog application for the Live-In Caregiver Program by December 2018. The immigration minister is committed to processing 80 percent of applications sent in by permanent residents. Admit foreign workers under the Live-In Caregiver Program. The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration encouraged the government to tackle the backlog.

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