Harper Government announces reforms to Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Diane Finley and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney announced that there will be reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). These reforms will require that greater efforts be made to recruit and train Canadians to fill available jobs and will ensure that the TFWP is only used to fill acute labour shortages on a temporary basis.
Some of these changes to the TFWP will include:
- Employers must pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage by removing existing wage flexibility (effective immediately);
- Temporary suspension of Accelerated Labour Market Opinion Process (effective immediately);
- Increase in the government’s authority to suspend and revoke work permits and Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) if the program is being misused;
- Add questions to employer LMO applications to ensure that the TFWP is not used to facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs;
- Employers who rely on temporary foreign workers must have a plan in place to transition to a Canadian workforce over time;
- New fees for employers for the processing of LMOs and increase the fees for work permits;
- English and French will be the only languages that can be used as a job requirement.
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