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Major Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program Announced

the CanadaVisa Team - 20 June, 2014


Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced major reforms to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program this afternoon.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program will now be divided into two programs: the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), and the International Mobility Program (IMP). Employers hiring under the TFWP program will require proof that they need to hire from outside of Canada, whereas employers applying under the IMP will not.

The reformed program will bar employers from hiring Temporary Foreign Workers in areas with high unemployment rates. Furthermore, it will put a cap on the number of workers that employers can hire, and instate a more rigorous screening process for employers who hire workers from abroad.

Further reforms to the program include:

“We will better prevent and detect abuse by penalized employers who abuse the program,” said Minister Kenney. “We will severely sanction those who break the rules. We’ll better protect foreign workers, and we’ll also realize that Canada benefits from international mobility.”

Stay tuned to CIC News for a special edition news bulletin this Monday for further details.

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