The Low Skill Worker Program has been around since 2002. It is the program that employers must use when they wish to obtain a LMO to hire foreign workers for positions that are at skill levels C and D of Canada's National Occupational Classification (NOC). The program has a number of specific rules. Until recently, one of the rules was that, after 24 months of employment, temporary foreign workers holding work permits under this program were required to return to their home country for a minimum of four months before applying for another work permit.

That rule has now been modified. Employers may apply for a new LMO to extend the employment of such foreign workers, though they must demonstrate that the new recruiting requirements have been met. If a new LMO is obtained, the foreign worker may apply for a work permit extension through the Vegreville Processing Centre. They no longer have to leave Canada for 4 months. This change is beneficial to employers.

CIC Operational Bulletin Regarding Low Skill Program and Extension of Work Permits

Low Skill Worker Program Information