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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.

Jason KenneyThrough 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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    1. Bahareh Norouzian

      Hello Patel,

      Thank you for your recent post.

      Under the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (“TFWP”), CIC facilitates the temporary entry of foreign workers needed to address labour market shortages and to provide other economic opportunities for Canadians, such as job creation and the transfer of new skills and knowledge. With a few exceptions, foreign workers must have an approved job offer and a work permit before arriving in Canada.

      The TFWP program is made up of four streams: high-skilled workers, low-skilled workers, the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, and the Live-In Caregiver Program.

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