More reforms to Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Program

This has been revealed by Canada immigration minister Chris Alexander and Minister for Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism Jason Kenney.

More changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program—Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program will undergo more reforms. As per the details, all such reforms aimed to give top priority to Canadians for getting jobs in Canada while protecting the rights of temporary foreign workers here.

Canada Temporary Foreign Worker Program will now undergo more changes in a bid to ensure jobs for Canadians as the top priority while ensuring temporary foreign worker rights.

Right to inspect Canadian workplaces—Canadian government officials will now have the rights to carry out inspection at Canadian workplaces even without any warrants. Moreover, they will also be equipped to blacklist employers who are found to be misusing the foreign worker program of Canada.

Warrants will be needed by government officials only in case the workplaces in Canada are private dwellings. Moreover, a prior notice of inspections will be provided to Canada employers in almost all cases.

New Canada temporary foreign worker rules effective in January 2014--The new Canada Temporary Foreign Worker program rules will come into effect from next month in 2014. It may be notable in this regard that Canada government had announced reforms to Canada temporary foreign worker program in the month of June this year.

And these reforms are meant to offer top priority to Canadians looking for jobs so that employers don’t simply rush to hire temporary foreign workers by ignoring Canadians with required skill sets/education.

Suspension of permission to hire foreign workers for employers abusing rights—If employers are not making sufficient efforts to hire or give training to available Canadian workers for the jobs, then they are likely to get their rights to hire foreign workers either revoked or suspended by government of Canada.

New rules—a brief look—Changes to Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations offer authorities to ESDC(Employment and Social Development Canada) and CIC(Citizenship and Immigration Canada) for carrying out inspections from the very first day of employment of a temporary foreign worker in Canada.

CIC and ESDC will have the right-

• To carry out inspections over a period of six years;

• Conduct interviews/site visits with temporary foreign workers/other workers;

• Ask employers to provide documents for verification purpose;

• Address any complaints of non-compliance.

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