Canada sets stricter regulation of Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Date Posted: May 2nd, 2014 06:29 AM


Canada sets stricter regulation of Temporary Foreign Worker Program Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday bared that tighter regulations on Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will be carried out to ensure that Canadian jobseekers will be first prioritized for available jobs. The labor and employment chief, citing a letter from Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Acting Assistant Secretary Gina A. Jamoralin said Canadian Employment Minister Jason Kenney made the announcement last week on further changes stemming from the ongoing review of the TFWP. According to DFA’s official letter, Canada is introducing legislative amendments to give the federal government the authority to levy monetary fines on employers who break the rules of the program and to help ensure that it is used as a temporary source of labor as a last resort when Canadians are not available. The Canadian government introduced the following regulatory and administrative changes to the TFWP during Canada’s Economic Action Plan: provide the government with the authority to conduct inspections to make sure employers are meeting the conditions of the program; allow the government to ban non-compliant employers from the program and immediately add their names to a public list; provide the government with the authority to revoke or suspend Labor Market Opinions (LMOs), a basic document required of employers to certify a vacancy in employment position that a local workers has not filled up with an expression of intent to employ a named foreign worker; require employers to pay temporary foreign workers the prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility; and introduce fees for employers for the processing of LMOs and increase the fees for work permits so that the taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the costs. Baldoz instructed Philippine Overseas Employment Administrator Chief Hans Leo Cacdac to make this information available to prospective overseas Filipino workers and licensed recruitment agencies so that they may be guided. End/rhev

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