Yesterday, the Government of Canada made two significant announcements on enhancements to immigration programs.
New Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP)
The federal government is expanding the Economic Mobility Pathways Program pilot with a new pathway for tourism and hospitality workers. Starting this summer, refugees and other displaced people can use the EMPP to connect with in-demand job openings. Read the release here.
Extensions to Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP)
The government has extended temporary measures introduced during the pandemic for hardest-hit sectors to October 30, 2023. Including:
The Provincial government now requires all employers to register with them before hiring foreign workers. This certification is called the Temporary Foreign Worker Act Certificate of Registration.
See link below to register your business and to apply for your certificate. There are no fees but processing time are over 4 weeks so members are encourage to register as soon as possible.
Last week the Minister of Immigration announced two policy changes that will help hoteliers staff up for the summer.
Advocacy Win | Changes to BC PNP
On November 17, a series of changes were made to the BC Provincial Nominee Program’s (BC PNP) Skills Immigration streams.
The old adage that "Canadians are born all over the world, it just takes some time for them to get here" continues to ring true, particularly, as accommodators look outside of Canada to welcome new employees. Temporary Foreign Workers contribute immensely to our industry in British Columbia, but we share a friendly reminder that additional documentation is required to ensure these workers meet employment and immigration protocols.
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The BCHA has partnered with the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS) and Western Community College to offer a 23 week “Hotel Operations Services Skills Training Program”.
This program is designed to train 30 candidates who are currently unemployed or under employed in the Metro Vancouver area and deliver them to industry trained and ready to work. The training is fully funded and will focus on readying the candidate for meaningful work in the hotel industry.