March 31, 2014 – The Government of Canada's budget
implementation bill, tabled March 28th, includes
provisions that will permit the government to levy fines against
employers found to be abusing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
(TFWP). The TFWP allows employers to apply for "Labour
Market Opinions", permitting them to hire foreign employees if
they can demonstrate a lack of local qualified labour to fill jobs.
The program was recently revamped after a public outcry over
perceived abuses that included allegations of employers using the
program to access cheaper foreign labour and, in one case,
allegations that laid-off Canadian employees were training their
own foreign replacements. The Employment Minister would be
authorized to impose fines on companies that make false
declarations about their use of foreign labour or replace Canadian
workers with foreign workers. The fines are expected to be in force
It should be noted that Administrative Monetary Penalties are a
commonly used enforcement tool – in everything from the
Securities Act to the Government's new Anti-Spam legislation
– that permits a regulatory authority to impose
administrative fines in the event of a breach, rather seek to
impose criminal fines through Federal Court. In addition to
the proposed fines, employers found to be abusing the terms of any
Labour Market Opinion can already be prohibited from hiring foreign
labour for up to two years, and have their names included on a
public, government run list identifying non-compliant
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September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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