Canada seeks views on temporary foreign workers

by Ray Clancy on September 27, 2011

Temporary foreign worker programme

Consultation sessions on the hiring of temporary foreign workers will take place in Calgary next month, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced.

‘Over the summer I held consultations across the country on our overall immigration levels. From what we heard, primarily in Alberta, there is also a need to seek input specifically on temporary foreign workers,’ he said.

‘We took major steps towards protecting foreign workers from mistreatment with the adoption of new regulations on 01 April. To build on that work and to address other issues that have been raised, this autumn, we will be reaching out to those with an interest in the Temporary Foreign Worker Programme,’ he added.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Programme allows for the hiring of foreign workers for temporary employment to support economic growth in Canada. In many cases, employers must demonstrate that they are unable to find suitable Canadians or permanent residents to fill the jobs, and that the entry of these workers will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market.

Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley will co-host this consultation. Invited participants will include employers from the oil and gas, construction, agriculture and hospitality sectors, as well as labour representatives.

‘We are currently working on a number of initiatives that, when implemented, should help make the Temporary Foreign Worker Programme more responsive to labour market needs,’ said Finley.

‘I look forward to considering ideas coming out of the consultations to ensure that the program continues to support economic growth, while at the same time protecting employment opportunities for Canadians,’ she added.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Programme is jointly managed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development.

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