600600p6489EDNmain359June 4, 2014_Meeting with NDP Leader Thomas Muclair _cropped

115June 4, 2014_Garth, Liam with Minister Gail Shea_Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

114June 4, 2014_Meeting with Hon Maxime Bernier_Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture)

(Jun. 10/14) Restaurants Canada was back on Parliament Hill last week to urge prominent politicians to take action on our industry’s labour shortage. We met with Leader of the Opposition Thomas Mulcair, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Maxime Bernier, and other Cabinet Ministers and MPs to explain why the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program moratorium is unfair to the majority of restaurants that fully comply with the rules. For those restaurants facing acute labour shortages, the uncertainty and anxiety grows every hour the program suspension continues. We also discussed the damaging impact our industry’s labour shortage will have on summer tourism, and job opportunities for students and other Canadians.

Restaurants Canada was told to soon expect an announcement of program reforms and an end to the moratorium. We will keep members updated on any changes. Sign up to get members-only updates on the TFW program from our Member Services team.

Get the full story. Read what we’ve been doing to fight the moratorium and help our members deal with the labour shortage. You can help too!

Top photo, L to R: Restaurants Canada’s Garth Whyte, Hon. Thomas Mulcair, Restaurants Canada Chair Liam Dolan (Claddagh Oyster House/Olde Dublin Pub, Charlottetown), Restaurants Canada’s Joyce Reynolds and NDP Finance Critic Nathan Cullen (not pictured).

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