Canada overhauls its temporary foreign worker program
On June 20, 2014 the Canadian government announced a comprehensive package of reforms affecting the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that ensures the initiative will be used as intended, to fill positions that cannot be filled by Canadian applicants.
Through limiting access to the TFWP, better labour market information, stronger screening, and tougher penalties for employers and employees misusing the program, the government is attempting to ensure that Canadians are first in line for open positions.
The costs of administering and maintaining the TFWP will be borne by employers choosing to use the program (not taxpayers) and as such the fee for each foreign worker requested by an employer is increasing from $275 to $1,000. However, temporary agricultural workers along with live-in caregiver positions are exempt from the fee.
These reforms are expected to maximize the competitive ability of Canadian employees and prospective employees while contributing to economic growth.
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