The International Mobility Program (IMP) lets employers hire foreign workers without requiring a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The exemption is based if foreign nationals bring broader economic, cultural or other competitive advantages for Canada or offer reciprocal benefits for Canadians and permanent residents.
Employer Responsibilities under International Mobility Program
Employers in Canada have certain responsibilities when hiring foreign skilled workers through the International Mobility Program (IMP).
The employer must:
- Make sure that the worker has the necessary work authorization
- Arrange workers’ compensation benefits and medical coverage when the worker arrives in Canada, as required by the province or territory
- Comply with the conditions and time limits outlined in the worker’s work permit
- Remain actively engaged in the business that submitted the offer of employment for as long as the worker is employed
- Comply with all federal, provincial and territorial employment laws, including laws about recruiting workers
- Provide the worker with a job in the same occupation that was listed in the offer of employment
- Provide the worker with wages and working conditions that meet or are better than those listed in the offer of employment
- Make reasonable efforts to provide a workplace that is free of physical, sexual, psychological and financial abuse
- Keep any documentation related to the hiring and employment of the worker for a period of six years after the work permit is issued
- Attend any inspection and provide all requested documentation or information.
International Mobility Program (IMP) Process
- The employer needs to create their account and company profile on the IRCC employer portal
- The employer must upload complete job details like education and experience required, list of duties, wages and benefits
- Final job offer is released through the IRCC’s Employer Portal
- Once job offer is submitted, a unique offer of employment number is generated and the employer needs to send it to the foreign worker
Once the work permit is approved, the foreign worker will receive:
- A letter of introduction (If they are outside Canada)
- A new work permit (If they are inside Canada)
Work permit is granted at the port of entry once the foreign worker hands in the letter of introduction. Know more about International Mobility Program by reaching us today.