IRCC starts second phase of Recognized Employer Pilot program

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have launched the second phase of the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) program. With the start of this new phase, more employers are going to be eligible to hire foreign workers. 

Canada starts second phase of REP

The second phase of REP was to start from January, 2024 and thus IRCC has begun rolling it out. In this latest phase, over 80 in-demand occupations are eligible. 

The second phase has brought much relief for more employers in Canada as more occupations are now eligible for the pilot program. 

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The Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) program was launched in September, 2023. It was launched to create a streamlined process for employers who often look for employees in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). 

To be eligible for REP, an employer must have received at least three positive LMIAs in the period of the last 5 years. Further, they must be hiring international workers from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program only. Also, workers’ job positions must be listed on the list of in-demand occupations.  

The benefit of hiring employees through the REP ensures faster application processing and simplified LMIA applications. Moreover, eligible employers’ LMIA work permit applications will be valid up to 36 months now. 

On the other hand, a usual LMIA application is only valid for 18 months. 

Occupations eligible for REP Phase 2

The in-demand occupations eligible for REP’s Phase 2 are:

  • 20010 – Engineering managers
  • 20011 – Architecture and science managers
  • 21321 – Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • 21322 – Metallurgical and materials engineers
  • 21200 – Architects
  • 21201 – Landscape architects
  • 21202 – Urban and land use planners
  • 21203 – Land surveyors
  • 31300 – Nursing coordinators and supervisors
  • 31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 31100 – Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
  • 31101 – Specialists in surgery
  • 31102 – General practitioners and family physicians
  • 31103 – Veterinarians
  • 31111 – Optometrists
  • 31201 – Chiropractors
  • 31209 – Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • 31121 – Dieticians and nutritionists
  • 31112 – Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 31202 – Physiotherapists
  • 32109 – Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 31203 – Occupational therapists
  • 31204 – Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 32120 – Medical laboratory technologists
  • 33101 – Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
  • 31303 – Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals
  • 32104 – Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
  • 32103 – Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 32121 – Medical radiation technologists
  • 32122 – Medical sonographers
  • 32110 – Denturists
  • 32111 – Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • 32112 – Dental technologists and technicians
  • 33100 – Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants
  • 32101 – Licensed practical nurses
  • 32102 – Paramedical occupations
  • 33102 – Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
  • 33103 – Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • 33109 – Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • 31200 – Psychologists
  • 41301 – Therapists in counselling and related specialized therapies
  • 41310 – Police investigators and other investigative occupations
  • 44101 – Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
  • 65310 – Light-duty cleaners
  • 63100 – Insurance agents and brokers
  • 62020 – Food service supervisors
  • 62200 – Chefs
  • 63200 – Cooks
  • 63201 – Butchers – Retail and wholesale
  • 65202 – Meat cutters and fishmongers – Retail and wholesale
  • 64100 – Retail salespersons and visual merchandisers
  • 65200 – Food and beverage servers
  • 65201 – Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
  • 72106 – Welders and related machine operators
  • 72310 – Carpenters
  • 72311 – Cabinetmakers
  • 72400 – Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
  • 72402 – Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
  • 72405 – Machine fitters
  • 72406 – Elevator constructors and mechanics
  • 72420 – Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics
  • 72421 – Appliance servicers and repairers
  • 72422 – Electrical mechanics
  • 72423 – Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics
  • 72429 – Other small engine and small equipment repairers
  • 73200 – Residential and commercial installers and servicers
  • 73300 – Transport truck drivers
  • 85100 – Livestock labourers
  • 85101 – Harvesting labourers
  • 84120 – Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
  • 85103 – Nursery and greenhouse labourers
  • 85102 – Aquaculture and marine harvest labourers
  • 85120 – Logging and forestry labourers
  • 94141 – Industrial butchers and meat cutters, poultry preparers and related workers
  • 94142 – Fish and seafood plant workers
  • 94210 – Furniture and fixture assemblers, finishers, refinishers and inspectors
  • 94211 – Assemblers and inspectors of other wood products
  • 95100 – Labourers in mineral and metal processing
  • 95101 – Labourers in metal fabrication
  • 95102 – Labourers in chemical products processing and utilities
  • 95103 – Labourers in wood, pulp and paper processing
  • 95104 – Labourers in rubber and plastic products manufacturing
  • 95106 – Labourers in food and beverage processing
  • 95107 – Labourers in fish and seafood processing

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