Faced with labour shortages? You may be eligible to continue hiring temporary foreign workers (TFWs) for up to 20% of your workforce, thanks to a recent announcement by Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk.

Depending on when you first used the program, you may be exempt from the cap reduction for hiring lower-wage TFWs:

  • If you used the TFW program before June 20, 2014 when the caps were introduced, you may continue to use the 20% cap (or your current level, whichever is lower).
  • If you hired TFWs for the first time after June 20, 2014, you will be subject to the 10% cap.

Restaurants Canada presented our recommendations for the program to officials in the minister’s office earlier this month:

  • More transparency in how the program is administered,
  • Greater access to the program when no other options exist, and
  • Making the program a pathway to permanent residency.

The minister has promised additional reforms to the TFW program later this year.

Restaurants Canada members: Questions about the TFW program? Please contact Paul McKay on our Member Services team at 1-800-387-5649 ext. 4225 or pmckay@restaurantscanada.org

Not a member? Join online now, or call our membership team at 1-800-387-5649.

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