(May 16/14) Restaurants Canada is setting the record straight on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and pushing for a fair and fast solution to the moratorium imposed by the federal government on April 24, 2014.
We have worked for many years to find solutions to the labour shortage faced by our members in certain regions of the country. Our industry employs more than 1.1 million Canadians and is committed to hiring Canadians first.  But when there aren’t enough qualified Canadians to fill available positions, we need access to foreign workers.  Without them, business owners in some regions of the country will have to cut their hours or close their doors, putting Canadians out of work.  Read the facts about the TFW program.

We need a solution that addresses all concerns of program abuse and restores access to foreign workers for the vast majority of employers who fully comply with the program.  Read our letter to Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Sign our petition at www.protectingcanadianjobs.ca
  2. Send a personal message to your federal and provincial members of Parliament. Contact us for a template letter and contact information.
  3. Refer a colleague to join Restaurants Canada and support our campaign.
  4. Join our mailing list for members-only updates from Restaurants Canada

For official updates on the TFW program moratorium, visit the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website.

Hiring Canadians First

As one of the country’s largest employers, and the number one source of first-time jobs, the restaurant industry is committed to hiring Canadians first.  This special report illustrates how Restaurants Canada is working with all interested parties to ensure Canadians are hired first in our industry. (PDF)

Resources for Members:

Learn about the Accessible Biz Connections job-matching program and how it can help you find committed employees with disabilities.

: Tim Hortons franchisee Mark Wafer and other experts talk about the value of hiring people with disabilities.

Learn about a new pilot project that helps you find employees in Alberta.


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