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Moratorium on Temporary Work Permits for Food Services Sector

the CanadaVisa Team - 08 July, 2015


Effective immediately, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will no longer process any new or pending Labour Market Opinions for applications related to work in the food services sector. In addition, any unfilled positions that are tied to a previously approved LMO will be suspended.

This moratorium was instituted in response to serious allegations of abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, many of which were levied against employers in the food services industry. It will remain in effect until a review of the program is completed.

“Abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will not be tolerated,” said Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney. “Our government will continue to pursue significant reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to ensure that employers make greater efforts to recruit and train Canadians and that it is only used as a last and limited resort when Canadians are not available.”

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