Pilot Project Allows TFW Family Members To Work For Any Employer In B.C.

Canadian HR Reporter

Victoria — Family members of most temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in British Columbia will be able to work for any employer in the province, thanks to a new pilot project, according to the federal government.

“I have heard from workers, employers, labour advocates and others who have asked me to make Canada more welcoming for working families coming to Canada as temporary residents,” said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. “With this pilot project, we will examine the benefits of allowing family members of temporary foreign workers to work while they are here with a principal applicant who has been hired because of his or her skills.”

Starting Aug. 15, 2011, spouses, common-law partners and working-age dependants of most temporary foreign workers will be eligible for an open work permit in B.C., including many workers in occupations that require lower levels of formal training, said the government. Previously, only spouses and common-law partners of temporary foreign workers employed in a managerial, professional or skilled trades job have been eligible to obtain an open work permit.

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