Changes include splitting the program into two and imposing a long list of measures aimed at reducing its use for low-wage positions.
By Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail
The Conservative government is launching a detailed and sweeping reform of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, splitting it in two and imposing a long list of measures aimed at reducing its use for low-wage positions.
Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced the changes Friday, following a briefing for news media.
The announcement is a clear attempt to tackle criticisms head-on, by moving to shrink the program in low-wage sectors and to improve the quality and reliability of data that inform the federal government’s labour market policies.
Employer groups in low-wage sectors had urged the government not to link the program to unemployment rates. They will be disappointed – and are not likely to be pleased news that user fees will rise.
The changes are less restrictive for sectors with above-average wages, even though those categories – such as information technology workers – have also come under scrutiny.