Delays in work visas negatively impacting Canadian business, survey says

A CERC survey says businesses, organizations, and academic institutions that recruit international talent are being negatively impacted by IRCC processing delays.

Canadian companies, academic institutions, and government-funded organizations that access immigration are being negatively impacted by delays at (IRCC).

The Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC), a not-for-profit that is particularly interested in workforce mobility matters, conducted a survey during the month of June 2022. A total of 33 organizations that regularly access the International Mobility Program (IMP) responded to the survey. It is the second edition of a comparable survey from January 2021.

Between June and July, the overall backlog of applicants at IRCC grew from 2.4 million to 2.7 million, a 12% increase. Over that same time the backlog for temporary foreign workers grew by 21% from 408,733 to 493,746 applicants. The backlog is driving up processing times well in excess of IRCC’s service standards.