Canada Opens Door Wider: Phase 2 of Recognized Employer Pilot Begins!

Tired of endless paperwork and lengthy delays in hiring foreign talent? Good news! Canada's second phase of the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) program is now live, streamlining the process for qualified employers across a wider range of industries. In August last year, Canadian officials introduced the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP), see our news release here

The Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) is a program that allows Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals to fill an urgent need in Canada's workforce.

More Sectors, More Jobs, More Opportunities – Second Phase of REP Program Boosts Canada's Talent Acquisition

Previously restricted to the primary agriculture sector, Phase 2 expands the REP to over 80 in-demand occupations spanning diverse fields like engineering, nursing, architecture, IT, and more. This addresses critical labor shortages faced by countless Canadian businesses.

Employers must submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to confirm that no Canadians or permanent residents are able to do the job. Eligible employers can apply for the REP when they submit an LMIA, and no additional information is required.

The REP offers a streamlined approach for employers who regularly access the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to fill positions for in-demand fields from the REP occupations list, and who meet the highest standards for working and living conditions and worker protection. REP-qualified employers enjoy a longer validity period of up to 36 months for LMIA applications that receive a positive decision and can also access a simplified LMIA application when hiring additional workers.

Employers can expect a more thorough than average initial assessment to ensure that only reputable employers are selected to participate in the program. Employers who do not qualify for the REP will still get a decision on their LMIA.

What's New in Phase 2? An Expanded Horizon for Hiring

Faster Processing Times

Eligible employers enjoy expedited Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) with extended validity periods of up to 36 months, paving the way for quicker talent acquisition.

Simplified Procedures

Phase 2 introduces smoother workflows and less complex requirements for future LMIA applications, saving you time and resources.

Clearer Job Market Signal

Participating employers receive a designated status on the Job Bank, signifying their recognized status and potentially attracting more qualified candidates.

Take Advantage – How To Join the REP Program

  • Meet the Eligibility Criteria: Have a proven track record of compliance with the TFWP and hire for occupations on the REP list? Your business might be eligible!
  • Connect with an Expert: Unsure about the specifics or need guidance?'s immigration specialists are here to help you navigate the process.
  • Stay Informed: Follow for the latest updates, resources, and insights on the REP program and other immigration news.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to streamline your foreign talent acquisition! Contact today to learn more and assess your eligibility.