Through the help of the Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship john McCallum and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour MaryAnn Mihychuk, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will take effect in no time! It aims to improve the easy access to different job opportunities for employers, workers and to the entire Canadian economy.
This comprehensive policy will diminish the four-year cumulative duration which is said to create hardship and instability to employers and their workers. This is effective immediately to all temporary foreign workers situated in Canada for approximately four years which were then unable to work for the succeeding next years.
“In many ways, the four-year rule put a great deal of uncertainty and instability on both temporary workers and employers. We had the sense that it was an unnecessary burden on applicants and employers, and also on officers who process applications. The HUMA hearings confirmed it. We believe this important recommendation from the Committee requires rapid action, which we are taking today.”
– The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
“Our government is committed to making the Temporary Foreign Worker Program work for our economy. That means ensuring job opportunities are made available to Canadians first—in particular to groups typically under-represented in the labour market, like Indigenous people.”
– The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
The government is aiming to develop pathways for those eligible applicants to better contribute to the entire Canadian society. Certain changes such as low-wage employers is part of the effort to provide first access to any job opportunity. This changes should be advised to all employers which will take effect as soon as possible.
A total of 20 percent for employers will be given to low-wage temporary foreign workers who have previously accessed the said Program since June 20, 2014 and a total of 10 percent will be given to new users. The seasonal industries will also have 180 days exemption which will last until next year, December 31, 2017.
Furthermore, these changes were made possible through the efforts of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Skills and Social Development and Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Source : Government of Canada