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Recognized Employer Pilot Program Phase 2 opens January 2024


In September 2023, Canada launched a new Recognized Employer Pilot program (REP). The REP program aims to streamline the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process for employers who frequently access the LMIA program to fill in-demand occupations with temporary foreign workers. Eligible employers must apply to participate in the three year pilot. If approved, they benefit from a simplified LMIA process and LMIAs with a validity of up to 3 years.

An LMIA is approval under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), managed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), to hire foreign nationals for positions where the employer has demonstrated a labour shortage. It requires the employer to pay, at a minimum, the prevailing wage set by the government for the position. Further, the employer must agree to terms and conditions that protect the rights of the worker while in Canada.


To qualify for the REP, an employer must:

  • have been issued at least three positive LMIAs for the same occupation that is listed on the REP’s in-demand occupations list in the past five years;
  • demonstrate they have the highest standard of working and living conditions and worker protection; and
  • agree to adhere to regular TFWP requirements.


Employers can apply to the REP by simply making an application for an LMIA, and making the request in their application. There is no additional information or fees required. IF ESDC determines an employer is not eligible, a decision on the LMIA is still made.

Applications to participate are open until September 2024. Employers enrolled in the REP can continue to submit LMIA applications under the streamlined process until fall 2026.

Occupations List

Phase 1: In September 2023, the occupation list included the following occupations:

NOC code 2021Occupation
85100Livestock labourers
85101Harvesting labourers
84120Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
85103Nursery and greenhouse labourers

Phase 2: In January 2024, the list includes an additional 84 occupations:

NOC code 2021Occupation
20010Engineering managers
20011Architecture and science managers
21321Industrial and manufacturing engineers
21322Metallurgical and materials engineers
21201Landscape architects
21202Urban and land use planners
21203Land surveyors
31300Nursing coordinators and supervisors
31301Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
31100Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
31101Specialists in surgery
31102General practitioners and family physicians
31209Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
31121Dieticians and nutritionists
31112Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
32109Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
31203Occupational therapists
31204Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
32120Medical laboratory technologists
33101Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
31303Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
32104Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
32103Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
32121Medical radiation technologists
32122Medical sonographers
32111Dental hygienists and dental therapists
32112Dental technologists and technicians
33100Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
32101Licensed practical nurses
32102Paramedical occupations
33102Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
33103Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
33109Other assisting occupations in support of health services
41301Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
41310Police investigators and other investigative occupations
44101Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
65310Light-duty cleaners
63100Insurance agents and brokers
62020Food service supervisors
63201Butchers – Retail and wholesale
65202Meat cutters and fishmongers – Retail and wholesale
64100Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers
65200Food and beverage servers
65201Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
72106Welders and related machine operators
72400Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
72402Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
72405Machine fitters
72406Elevator constructors and mechanics
72420Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
72421Appliance servicers and repairers
72422Electrical mechanics
72423Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
72429Other small engine and small equipment repairers
73200Residential and commercial installers and servicers
73300Transport truck drivers
85100Livestock labourers
85101Harvesting labourers
84120Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
85103Nursery and greenhouse labourers
85102Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
85120Logging and forestry labourers
94141Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
94142Fish and seafood plant workers
94210Furniture and fixture assemblers, finishers, refinishers and inspectors
94211Assemblers and inspectors of other wood products
95100Labourers in mineral and metal processing
95101Labourers in metal fabrication
95102Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities
95103Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing
95104Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing
95106Labourers in food and beverage processing
95107Labourers in fish and seafood processing

More Information

For employers interested in participating in the REP, we would be happy to help. Please contact our immigration team.

Additional details are available on ESDC’s website

About the Author

I support employers from diverse industries with their immigration needs, as well as individuals and families seeking temporary and permanent residency to Canada.

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