Legal Alert: Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program Changes
April 30, 2013
Note: Effective December 31, 2013, the Federal Government made additional changes to the Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Click here to read McInnes Cooper’s January 21, 2014 Legal Update: More Changes to Federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
On April 29, 2013 the Federal Government announced seven significant changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program:
- Payment of Prevailing Job Wage. Effective immediately, employers must pay temporary foreign workers the prevailing job wage; employers will no longer have the option to pay temporary foreign workers a lesser wage.
- Accelerated Labour Market Opinion Process Suspended. Effective immediately, this process is temporarily suspended.
- Additional Questions in Labour Market Opinion Application Process. Employers will be required to answer additional questions intended to ensure no Canadian workers are displaced; this change will be implemented “in short order”.
- Increased Government Authority to Suspend & Revoke Work Permits and Labour Market Opinions If Program Misused. The Government did not announce the effective date for this change.
- Firm Plan for Transition to Canadian Workforce. The Program will ensure employers relying on temporary foreign workers have a “firm plan” to transition to a Canadian workforce over time through the Labour Market Opinion process. Again, there is no clear effective date for this change.
- Fees. The Government will introduce fees for employers for Labour Market Opinion processing and increase the fees for work permits. The government did not announce the effective date for this change.
- Language. The Government will limit the languages used as a job requirement to English and French; again, no effective date was announced.
Click here to read the Federal Government’s news release on these changes.
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