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IRCC Issued Record-Breaking Numbers Of Canada Work Permits In 2023

The latest statistics report from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows record-breaking spikes in the number of foreign nationals who came to work in Canada as temporary workers.

IRCC granted 608,420 Canada work permits to foreign nationals through the International Mobility Program (IMP) and Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) by the end of last year.

This shows a 47% increase in work permits compared to the figures of 2021 when 414,000 work permits were issued to foreign nationals.

What’s important to note here is the IMP and TFWP are the primarily used programs by foreign nationals to secure work permits for jobs in Canada.

In case you don’t know, the TFWP grants work permits to workers whose employers have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). It confirms the need for an international worker to fill a job vacancy for which Canadian workers are unavailable.

In contrast, IMP work permits don’t need a positive LMIA, but employers have to provide an employment offer through their employer portal.

The number of international workers who used work permits to enter the country last year is much higher, even though 437,120 new permanent residents also came to Canada at the same time.

Reports indicate that there were 39.2 % more temporary work permit holders employed in Canada last year compared to the number of new permanent residents in the country.

TFWP Experienced 31.9 Growth In Canada Work Permits Last Year

Although the TFWP numbers were lower than the IMP, it experienced significant growth of 31.9% by issuing record-breaking 136,350 work permits last year.

These figures stood at only 72,965 in 2015. However, the TFWP saw steady growth in the future, except for 2017 and 2020.

For example, TFWP issued 78,450 Canada work permits to foreign nationals in 2016, experiencing a growth of 7.5% compared to the previous year.

Moreover, the numbers were almost the same in the next year, with the approval of 78,470 work permits. Then in 2018, the TFWP granted 840,000 work permits, resulting in 7% growth. Furthermore, in 2019, the program had a growth of 16.7 % by issuing 98,030 work permits before the pandemic.

However, the pandemic led to a decline in the overall immigration program, adversely affecting the TFWP as well. It experienced a drop of 14.2% during the pandemic when only 84,105 work permits were issued through the program.

Regardless, the TFWP made a strong recovery in 2021 with a growth of 22.9% by issuing record-breaking 103,340 work permits.

The majority of foreign nationals interested in obtaining work permits to work in Canada are men. Last year, 113,715 men acquired Canadian work permits compared to only 22,630 women.

On the other hand, the IMP was able to bridge gender parity to some extent by issuing 218,085 work permits to women and 253,950 to men. But still, men outnumbered women by a ratio of two to one.

We hope you found this information helpful. Follow our blogs for the latest updates and informative content on Canadian immigration.

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Mohammed Jakersays:

Hello I’m from Bangladesh refugee are refugee , seeking to chance under sponsorship Visa as work permit , I am person skilful multiple work’s well literacy please,


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