Temporary Foreign Worker Program Labour Market Impact Assessment Statistics 2021Q1-2022Q4

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Each quarter, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) publishes Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) statistics on Open Government Data Portal, including quarterly and annual LMIA data related to, but not limited to, requested and approved TFW positions, employment location, employment occupations, sectors, TFWP stream and temporary foreign workers by country of origin. The TFWP does not collect data on the number of TFWs who are hired by an employer and have arrived in Canada. The decision to issue a work permit rests with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and not all positions on a positive LMIA result in a work permit. For these reasons, data provided in the LMIA statistics cannot be used to calculate the number of TFWs that have entered or will enter Canada. IRCC publishes annual statistics on the number of foreign workers who are issued a work permit: https://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/360024f2-17e9-4558-bfc1-3616485d65b9.

Frequency of Publication:

Quarterly LMIA statistics cover data for the four quarters of the previous calendar year and the quarter(s) of the current calendar year. Quarterly data is released within two to three months of the most recent quarter. The anticipated release dates for 2023 quarterly data are as follows: Q1 (January to March) will cover Q1-Q4 2022 and Q1 2023, and should be published by early June 2023; Q2 (April to June) will cover Q1-Q4 2022 and Q1-Q2 2023, and should be published by early September 2023; Q3 (July to September) will cover Q1-Q4 2022 and Q1-Q3 2023, and should be published by early December 2023; and Q4 (October to December) will cover Q1-Q4 2022 and Q1-Q4 2023, and should be published by early March 2024

Annual statistics cover eight consecutive years of LMIA data and are released within the two to three months of the most recent year. The 2023 annual statistics will cover data from 2016 to 2023, and are scheduled to be published in early March 2024.

Published Data:

As part of the quarterly release, the TFWP updates LMIA data for 28 tables broken down by: TFW positions: Tables 1 to 10, 12, 13, and 22 to 24; LMIA applications: Tables 14 to 18; Employers: Tables 11, and 19 to 21; and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP): Tables 25 to 28. In addition, the TFWP publishes 2 lists of employers who were issued a positive or negative LMIA: Employers who were issued a positive LMIA by Program Stream, NOC, and Business Location (https://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/90fed587-1364-4f33-a9ee-208181dc0b97/resource/b369ae20-0c7e-4d10-93ca-07c86c91e6fe); and Employers who were issued a negative LMIA by Program Stream, NOC, and Business Location (https://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/f82f66f2-a22b-4511-bccf-e1d74db39ae5/resource/94a0dbee-e9d9-4492-ab52-07f0f0fb255b).

Things to Remember:

  1. When data are presented on positive or negative LMIAs, the decision date is used to allocate which quarter the data falls into. However, when data are presented on when LMIAs are requested, it is based on the date when the LMIA is received by ESDC.

  2. LMIAs in support of 'Permanent Residence (PR) Only' are excluded from these published statistics. Employers who submitted a Dual-intent LMIA are included under their respective TFWP stream (e.g., low wage, high wage, etc.).

  3. Attention should be given for data that are presented by ‘Unique Employers’ when it comes to manipulating the data within that specific table. One employer could be counted towards multiple groups if they have multiple positive LMIAs across categories such as program stream, province or territory, or economic region. For example, an employer could request TFWs for two different business locations, and this employer would be counted in the statistics of both economic regions. As such, the sum of the rows within these ‘Unique Employer’ tables will not add up to the aggregate total.

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