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Chronology of Key Activities on Immigration


Employers and temporary workers to benefit from family work permits

On Dec 2nd the Canadian Government announced that starting in January 2023, through a temporary 2-year measure, Canada will expand eligibility to work in Canada to spouses and working-age children through a phased approach for workers at all skill levels. 

More international youth to work and travel in Canada 

On Dec 1st the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, launched the 2023 International Experience Canada (IEC) Program with a 20% increase in the number of applicants who can apply. Applicants will be able to apply as of January 9, 2023. 

AUGUST 2022 

Industry meeting with Hon. Monte McNaughton Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development on positive hospitality changes. 

JUNE 2022

Invitation to Speak on Federal Tourism Strategy 

ORHMA called for critical workforce changes needs in a meeting with the  Federal Tourism Ministry

JUNE 2022

Canadian Immigration Consultations

ORHMA once again calling for higher immigrant and higher non skilled positions to fill hospitality jobs.

APRIL 2022

Further Temporary Foreign Worker reforms – Big Win

Federal Budget announcement naming accommodations and restaurants a priority sector for favourable changes to include lifting of the unemployment rate qualification and increasing the amount of TFW’s in a workplace from 10 to 35%.

MARCH 2022

ORHMA as member of the national Hardest Hit Coalition led by HAC ad TIAC joined a call to action and directly participated in meetings with MP’s on immigration reforms.


Positive Changes Announced to LMIA Regarding Temporary Foreign Workers- Big Win


Opening the application window for Temporary Foreign Workers- There are positive changes initiated benefiting resort and hospitality operators in many economic regions.  The Canadian Government has rescinded the Refusal to Process (RTP) Ministerial Directive.  This means that the Government will now consider TFW/LMIA applications without relying on unemployment restrictions at 6%. 

Changing the methodology for considering LMIA applications

The Government will now update the three-month unemployment rate applicable to LMIA reviews quarterly rather than annually which was the case in the former methodology. The change to the four reviews per year rather than once  as formerly done has beneficial consequences for hospitality.


LMA Immigration Director Meeting

Along with the Living Waters team advocated for  Temporary Foreign Worker changes.


Ontario Support Meeting

Meeting with Hon. Monte McNaughton Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development calling for critical workforce support.

JUNE 2021

Standing Committee on Citizenship & Immigration Report Released – Big Win

Excerpt from the report. “The Committee makes recommendations to Employment and Social DevelopmentCanada (ESDC) and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The Committee urges ESDC to increase the maximum percentage of temporary foreign workers and create a “trusted employer” designation under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. It recommends exempting selected tourist regions from the 6% unemployment limit”


JUNE 2021

Position of Cook Under the Ontario Immigrant Provincial Nominee Program (OINP)

ORHMA advocating for inclusion of Cook under the OINP to keep international students in Ontario hospitality businesses with Hon. Monte McNaughton Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development See attached

MAY 2021

Amendment Recommendation to the Labour Market Impact Assessment  under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program

ORHMA driving Temporary Foreign Worker program changes through Honourable Minister Carla Qualtrough  Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability

MAY 2021

House of Commons  Standing Committee on Citizenship & Immigration

The Living Waters team endorsed by ORHMA presented to the committee calling for favourable changes to the LMIA process to ease the restrictions for bringing Temporary Foreign Workers to hospitality operations. 

APRIL 2021

Hospitality NOC Codes

ORHMA advocating for changes to the NOC Codes to include hospitality occupations with Minister Marco Mendicino,  Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. 

MARCH 2021

Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TPFWP)

ORHMA advocating for favourable amendments to the TFW program  Honourable Minister Carla Qualtrough  Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion


Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Consultations

ORHMA and industry collaboration driving and achieving favourable amendments. 


Canadian Immigration Consultations

ORHMA meeting with Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship driving the message friendlier immigration policies needed to suit hospitality.

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