Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program announced

April 11, 2017

By Employment Law Today |

The federal government is looking to improve the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) by bringing in new requirements for employers seeking to hire foreign workers.

Employers will be required to do more to recruit Canadians, particularly those who are typically under-represented in the workforce, such as youth, newcomers, women, Indigenous people and people with disabilities.

And the government will work with industry sectors that are heavy users of the program to create Canadian workforce development strategies in partnership with employers, organized labour and other stakeholders.

“The changes we are making to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will help ensure that Canadians have the first opportunity at available jobs, that vulnerable workers are protected, and that the Canadian economy can continue to grow and thrive,” said Patty Hajdu, minister of employment, workforce development and labour.

To fulfill its commitment to better protect vulnerable foreign workers, the government will also increase on-site inspections of workplaces that employ foreign workers. It will also work with community organizations devoted to the protecting vulnerable foreign workers to ensure they are informed of their rights and protections when they arrive in Canada.

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