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Temporary Foreign Worker program needs to change

MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, said, “The Temporary Foreign Worker Program needs to change. I have said before that the government of Canada will bring forward a plan later this year to address the problems with this program.

We want to ensure that the rights of those working through the Program are protected, that the Program is not undermining job opportunities for Canadians and that there is a pathway to permanent residency for eligible applicants. I am temporarily freezing at current levels the cap on the proportion of an employer’s workforce that can consist of low-wage temporary foreign workers.

The cap will remain at 20 per cent (or at the employer’s current level, whichever is lower) only for employers who accessed the Temporary Foreign Worker Program prior to June 20, 2014. Employers who hired temporary foreign workers in low-wage positions for the first time after June 20, 2014, as well as first-time users of the Program, are subject to a 10 per cent cap. Every employer applying to the Program will still need to meet all requirements, including making efforts to ensure that Canadians and permanent residents have first access to available jobs.” 

Posted: Aug 7, 2016

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