Temporary Foreign Worker Program Overhaul

After months of pressure on the government regarding abuses in the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program, Minister Kenney and Minister Alexander announced a number of major changes.

Here is a brief summary of the changes made:

  • Labour Market Opponions (LMO) will be replaced with a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). Will be a more thorough process that must include how many Canadians applied, how many Canadians were interviewed and why none of those individuals were hired.
  • LMIA process will be linked to collection of Employment Insurance in local labour markets
  • Cap on low paid TFW of 10% at any particular work site, to be phased in over 2 years
  • Will no longer accept applications for low skill TFW in areas such as food services where local unemployment is over 6%
  • Increased fees from $275 to $1,000
  • Expanded audits and greater inspection requirements
  • Fines of up to $100,000 for employers who are not complying with program requirements

This overhaul coincides with the lifting of the moratorium on TFW for food services sector. See the ESDC website on the changes to be in effect immediately.