It is no secret that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)
is under attack. Personally, it is a concern that the
government has suspended a significant part of the TFWP based on
allegations that a small number businesses have allegedly abused
the TFWP (at this point, the claims remain allegations, although it
seems likely that some abusers will be exposed). Why do the
legitimate businesses – by far the majority – have to
suffer the same fate as the alleged abusers? Would the
government suspend a significant part of the EI program if it
received allegations of EI fraud? If, as many claim, the
concern is about abuse of vulnerable workers, why the action to
suspend part of the program that allows the foreign workers to be
here. Again, why not focus on tackling the abusive employers?
My concern is the signal, based on the shrill public and
media outcry, that there is sinking tolerance for foreigners in
Effective immediately all food service sector classifications
have been suspended from the TFWP (including for Labour Market
Opinion applications (LMOs) that have already been filed).
Please see below for the list of job codes that have been
Employers that have submitted applications and paid the
processing fee, but have not yet received an LMO, will be refunded
the full processing fee. Also, any unused positions on
positive LMOs that have been issued to employers for these
classifications will be suspended and therefore will no longer be
able to be used to obtain a worker permit.
The bad news does not stop there. Jason Kenney, Minister
of Economic and Social Development Canada (ESDC), said on Tuesday
that more changes are in underway. He said that ESDC
(formerly HRSDC) will gain further audit powers as part of the
government's ongoing reform of the program. Using the new
rules that went into effect at the end of 2013, which gave federal officials authority to perform
unannounced spot-checks in workplaces to make sure employers
are meeting the conditions of the program, the government intends
to expand ESDC's powers to go into worksites, unannounced, to
inspect paperwork, interview managers and workers, and otherwise
investigate to uncover of abuse. Kenny also said the
government has been working on another set of reforms which will be
announced in the next two weeks or so.
Meanwhile, the NDP is pushing its motion calling for an urgent
audit of the TFWP by Canada's auditor general. The TFWP has
long been a target of the unions and other advocates who do not
appreciate that the issue of unemployment is far more complex than
the simple equation: unemployed Canadians = temporary foreign
workers employed in Canada. Reducing the numbers of temporary
foreign workers may make a very minor impression on the
unemployment rate, but it will weaken our tax base and
competitiveness, increase costs for business and investment, and
have an overall detrimental impact, especially later when our
boomer generation has completely retired.
6641 Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related
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