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In a statement just after the new changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker program were announced, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney said it himself: “What is being proposed by the government today is not in the interest of Canadian business.”
Previously, Canadian employers could pay temporary foreign workers 15 per cent below median wages, while that has now been stopped. In addition, the Labour Market Opinion, which is special permission from the Canadian government to bring in foreign workers based on the unavailability of qualified Canadians to do the job (and which is necessary to bring foreign workers to Canada), can no longer be gotten through a previously available expedited process.
More changes being made to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, as proposed in the new bill, include more fees for employers who are applying to bring in Temporary Foreign Workers, more rules for the applications themselves and more enforcement.
The changes come from it being made public that Royal Bank of Canada was bringing foreign workers in to be trained at the Canadian branches while rumours circulated that they would be replacing Canadians at the bank.
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