Between December 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009, CIC will be accepting applications from temporary foreign workers who are concerned their status will expire over the duration of a strike. Applications received are placed on hold for four months. During that time, applicants are granted implied status which enables them to remain in Canada while meaningful resolution to the strike is sought. It is expected that the expiry date of this pilot may be extended for a further term beyond May 31, 2009.
A temporary foreign worker who wishes to find a new employer or obtain secondary employment must follow the normal process of applying for a Labour Market Opinion and Work Permit.