The Alberta Federation of Labour says nothing short of scrapping the temporary work in Canada – foreign worker program is sufficient to protect the rights of Canadian workers. President Gil McGowan says temporary foreign workers have been used as pawns by Canadian companies and paid below the median wage. In June, federal Employment Minister Jason
Universities have persuaded the federal government to relax new rules on how they hire temporary foreign workers An agreement was struck earlier this week between postsecondary institutions and the federal government which will give schools flexibility with regards to meeting the new rules that were imposed on employers looking to hire high-wage workers in June
According to the parliamentary budget office reported last week, the number of temporary foreign workers (TFW) in Canada tripled between 2002 and 2012, but they still made up less than two per cent of the overall labour force. The report said an increasing number of foreign workers are filling skilled positions today as the percentage
Quebec is seeking a delay on the application of changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, but the federal government does not appear to be willing to comply. According to Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness Minister Kathleen Weil, changes to the program that were announced last June would make it harder for Quebec businesses to fill
Experts have warned that Alberta, which accounts for 26% of the country’s employment growth, may face a shortage of up to 96,000 workers by 2023 due to the changes introduced in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program in June 2014. Alberta’s unemployment rate stands at just 4.7% and it even has 100,000 workers from other provinces.
The federal government has granted an exemption to Microsoft Canada that will allow it to bring in an unspecified number of temporary foreign workers to British Columbia as trainees without having to first look for suitable Canadians candidates. Microsoft Canada will not be required to perform a labour market impact assessment (LMIA), a rigorous process that
A new report by the Canada West Foundation warns that the reduction in the number of temporary foreign workers allowed into Canada will only have a slight effect on provinces with high unemployment, and a disproportionately negative effect on provinces with low unemployment. From July 2015, employers can have no more than 20% of their
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says time is becoming a critical factor in solving the temporary foreign worker shortage, but he dismissed criticism that an exploitative province is to blame.Prentice plans soon to meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss, among other issues, the temporary foreign worker changes that he says have hit Alberta’s
Changes to the temporary foreign worker program as put forth by Employment Minister Jason Kenney are drawing severe criticism from Maritime labour ministers who are concerned that lobster and seafood industry will be dramatically affected. The ministers draw a comparison of the fishery to the agriculture industry, which is allowed to employ the temporary workers.
The B.C. government has abruptly ended its provincial immigration program for the next three months, saying new federal limits on temporary foreign workers have caused an unmanageable flood of applicants seeking entry to Canada through British Columbia. According to Jobs Minister Shirley Bond, no new applications will be accepted until July 2, giving her staff