Further reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Ensuring Canadians are first in line for available jobs

December 28, 2013, Ottawa, Ontario – Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, and Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, announced further changes today stemming from the ongoing review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

The Government of Canada continues to reform the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to ensure that Canadians are always first in line for available jobs, while ensuring temporary foreign workers are protected.

For more information on the new regulations, visit: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/foreign_workers/notices/reg_change.shtml

Quick facts

      • As announced in Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government is introducing regulatory and administrative changes that will:
        • provide the Government with the authority to conduct inspections to make sure employers are meeting the conditions of the program;
        • allow the Government to ban non-compliant employers from the program for two years and immediately add their names to a public “black list”;
        • strengthen criteria for assessing Labour Market Opinion (LMO) and work permit applications; and
        • provide the Government with the authority to revoke or suspend LMOs, or refuse to process LMO applications, and to revoke and refuse to process work permits, when necessary.

Quotes

“Our government’s number-one priority is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Canada has the best job creation record in the G7 with over 1 million net new jobs created since the depths of the global recession—90 percent full-time and almost 80 percent in high-wage industries. We are taking action to ensure that Canadians are always first in line for available jobs. “

– Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism

“These changes are part of a larger reform of the program that demonstrates our government’s commitment to protect foreign workers from the risk of abuse and exploitation. One of the goals of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is to deal with labour shortages on a temporary basis, and these reforms will help ensure that the program is used as intended.”

– Honourable Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister

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