(Aug. 14/13) Employers who use the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program now have even more changes to contend with. Key amendments include:

  • a new employer user fee of $275;
  • greater official language requirements; and
  • extended advertising expectations.

Click here for details on these changes.

These amendments were posted on the government’s website on July 31, with no prior notice to interest groups or organizations that have consulted on this issue over the last several months.

CRFA immediately spoke with the new Senior Policy Advisor to Minister Jason Kenney about these changes and wrote to the Minister with concerns about unnecessary extra costs and red tape. We have scheduled an in-person meeting with senior department representatives for mid-August.

Click here to read our letter.

More changes expected
Still to come in the next few months are changes concerning:

  • retention of TFW employment records and site inspection visits;
  • uniform Service Canada standards for processing LMOs;
  • methods to increase the efficiency and speed of LMO application processing; and
    implementation of the ‘transition from TFW to a Canadian Worker’ amendment introduced earlier this summer.
  • CRFA will closely monitor the impact of all changes on our industry and members.

If you have questions or comments about the new or forthcoming TFW amendments, or have issues you would like raised at our August meeting with government, contact CRFA’s Federal Policy Director Rick Hall at 1-800-387-5649 rhall@restaurantscanada.org.


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