October 10, 2009

Proposed improvements to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today proposed regulatory amendments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program which include:

  • a more rigorous assessment of the genuineness of the job offer;

  • limits to the length of a worker’s stay in Canada before returning home; and

  • a two-year prohibition from hiring a temporary foreign worker for employers found to have provided significantly different wages, working conditions or occupations than promised.

  • Expect changes in the work permit application program in the coming months.

    “The regulatory changes being proposed today are the result of extensive consultations and address the most significant concerns identified through that process,” said Minister Kenney.

    “These changes are an important step by our government,” said Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley. “They reiterate that our government is committed to improving the integrity of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, while ensuring that temporary foreign workers filling a need in sectors where there are still labour shortages are afforded the necessary protections.” [Source]

    Hopefully, the proposed improvements to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program help in expediting the work permit applicatin.