(Aug. 12/14) The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) reforms announced on June 20 are devastating to many restaurant businesses. Restaurants Canada is working on a number of initiatives to help members manage these changes and hire suitable employees.

Survey: Tell us how you’re impacted
Restaurants Canada is measuring how hard our members have been hit by these reforms. For example, have you had to reduce hours/days of operation, cut hours or jobs for Canadian staff due to fewer shifts, consolidate businesses, or put expansion plans on hold? We will share this information with politicians so they understand how damaging these changes have been, but we need to hear from you. Tell us how you’ve been impacted by the TFWP reforms by filling out our survey. (Take the survey in French.)

Get answers to your questions
We also know how difficult it is to find out how the new rules apply to your current foreign workers and applications for future workers.

Review our Q and A document, with questions from members and answers from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) and Service Canada officials.

Restaurants Canada will also be hosting webinars in eastern and western Canada, where members can direct questions to senior officials of ESDC, CIC and Service Canada. We will let members know once the webinar dates are finalized.

Find suitable job candidates  
Restaurants Canada is helping members connect with alternative employee sources.

We have partnered with the March of Dimes on the Accessible Biz Connections program to link members with prospective job candidates in Atlantic Canada, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. You can access financial assistance to get motivated candidates trained and working in your business.

We are also pleased to report on the successful placement of job candidates in restaurants through the Alberta Food Service Labour Connections Pilot Project. Run in the city of Edmonton until March 2015, this project aims to connect candidates from underrepresented groups with employment in local restaurants. A Restaurants Canada co-ordinator works with 40 different service agencies to provide our members with job candidates.

For more information, contact Barb Jusiak.

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