Changes to the Definitions of "Low-Wage" and "High-Wage"24-Sep-14
By Bryan Kwan
On September 12th and 18th, 2014, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) released new versions of the Labour Market Impact Assessment application forms. Included in these new forms are changes to the definitions of "low-wage" and "high-wage".
Previously, ESDC would classify temporary foreign workers based on whether the prevailing wage for their occupation was at or above the provincial median wage. Temporary foreign workers will now be classified based on the actual wage being offered by their employer. These changes have an effect on the Highest Paid Accelerated Processing Standard, the Cap Limit on Low-Wage Workers and Transition Plans.