Canada announces changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

As per the information, these reforms have been announced by Canada immigration minister Honorable Jason Kenney and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Honorable Diane Finley.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program changed—Temporary Foreign Worker Program(TFWP) has been reformed by Canada government. Speaking about the reforms, Minister Finley said skills shortages are being witnessed in several sectors in Canada economy.

And the latest reforms to TFWP are aimed to fill these shortages while ensuring that Canadians get a first shot at available jobs in the nation, the minister affirmed. The TFWP is being managed jointly by CIC(Citizenship and Immigration Canada) along with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.

Latest changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program will make it expensive and tougher for employers to hire temporary foreign workers. Employers will have to increase their efforts towards training Canadians rather than just displacing them with foreign workers.

TFWP to fill skills shortages temporarily—Giving details about the latest changes made to Temporary Foreign Worker Program, Kenney said the program aims to attract temporary foreign workers to fill skills shortages in the nation and not, in any way, to displace Canadian workers for the available jobs.

So, sweeping changes to TFWP are in response to the recent criticism that Canadian workers are losing employment to cheap foreign workers.

The current problem being faced by Canada is that there are jobs without workers and workers without employment, informed Kenney during a press conference. The changed TFWP will make sure that Canadians do get a first crack at job opportunities in the nation, he reiterated.

Suspension of permits to firms misusing TFWP—The recent proposals to TFWP will equip the government to suspend permits of firms found to misusing this immigration program.

And employers will not have the flexibility to pay lesser wages to temporary foreign workers as compared to those being paid to Canadians (on similar or comparable positions). There will be a temporary suspension of Accelerated LMO (Labor Market Opinion) which allows employers to hire foreigners at 15 percent less wages than Canadians. New fees for processing of foreign-worker approval applications (LMO processing) will have to be paid by employers in Canada.(and not taxpayers in Canada)

There has been a serious concern about the misuse of TFWP by employers in Canada, Kenney said. Temporary foreign worker program enables firms to fill skills shortages in Canada provided they are unable to get Canadians (including Canada citizens and Canada permanent residents) for the available jobs.