(Apr. 10/13) The federal budget’s focus on Canada’s skilled labour shortage included reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program.
Reforms to TFW program
The government plans to:
- work with employers to ensure temporary foreign workers are relied on only when Canadians genuinely cannot fill those jobs;
- increase employers’ recruitment efforts to hire Canadians before they can apply for temporary foreign workers, including expanding advertising;
- assist employers who legitimately rely on TFWs, due to a lack of qualified Canadian applicants, to find ways to ensure they plan to transition to a Canadian workforce over time; and
- amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to restrict the identification of non-official languages as job requirements when hiring through the TFW process.
In addition, the government will propose user fees for employers applying for TFWs through the labour market opinion process so these costs are not absorbed by taxpayers.
These measures pre-empt the review underway of the TFW program. On April 2, CRFA responded to questions posed by Ministers Kenney and Finley about the program. We offered to work with both ministries on policies that will reinforce and further strengthen the efficiency, integrity and reputation of the program.
Click here (PDF) to read our response.