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At the start of the month, a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) called for the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) to be replaced with a new program designed to address permanent labor shortages.
CFIB have proposed a new type of visa, named Introduction to Canada Visa that would aim to kill two birds with one stone, by;
Here’s what CFIB president Dan Kelly had to say about the proposed new visa: “Canada was built by people who decided to take a chance, come here, and work hard to make new life for themselves and their families. The Introduction to Canada Visa would open up those opportunities once again. You shouldn’t need a PhD to live the Canadian dream.”
The new visa certainly sounds more inclusive, and would help to address some of the controversy about the recent ill-advised changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, which CFIB claim were made mainly due to myths and misconceptions about the scheme.
The changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program were seen to have had a negative impact on the labour market as a whole, cutting off a crucial lifeline for a large amount of employers. Many others have essentially been barred from the program altogether, including employers in the retail, restaurant and hotel sectors.
Kelly continued: “One of the legitimate criticisms of the TFWP is that it was often employing temporary workers to fill permanent labour market needs. Given the massive cost of turn-over, small businesses would much rather hire someone who is not temporary, but the permanent immigration system largely prohibits anyone with more junior skill sets. We need workers at all skill levels, including for entry-level jobs, and that need isn’t going away.”
What can we expect from this potential new visa? Apparently, foreign workers in entry-level categories would be provided with an opportunity to be employed for two years as a stepping stone towards becoming a permanent resident. It would also mean the following:
The Introduction to Canada Visa is not the only recommendation from CFIB, and others include allowing current applicants for permanent residency the option to remain in Canada until the processing has been completed, allowing for more flexibility for employers, and rethinking the new $1,000 fee.
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