MP Larry Miller Welcomes Amendments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

August 7, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 7th, 2013

MP Larry Miller Welcomes Amendments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Owen Sound, ON – Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is pleased to see that the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, has announced amendments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and that these amendments are now in effect.

The Federal Government announced as a part of Economic Action Plan 2013 that there would be changes made to the TFWP to ensure that Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs in Canada.

On April 9th, 2013, MP Larry Miller released a press release voicing his concern about the program after a controversy with the hiring of foreign workers at RBC. In the release, Miller stated that he felt that changes needed to be made to better reflect the intent of the program.

The Government has acted on the many calls for reform and the following amendments have come into effect as of July 31st, 2013:

– A new $275 processing fee for each temporary foreign worker position that an employer requests through a Labour Market Opinion (LMO)

– English and French are the only languages that can be identified as a job requirement in advertisements and LMO applications by employers intending to hire temporary foreign workers. Exceptions will be made in rare and specialized circumstances.

– Employers will now need to make greater efforts to hire Canadians before they will be eligible to apply to hire temporary foreign workers. New advertising requirements increase the length and reach of employers’ advertising efforts.

– Additional questions have been added to all LMO applications to ensure that the TFWP is not used to facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs.

“I am very pleased to see that these changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are now in effect,” said Miller. “The intent of the TFWP is to only be used to fill acute skills shortages on a temporary basis. These changes will better reflect the intent of the program and will ensure that Canadians have the first opportunity at available jobs in Canada.”

For more information on these changes please visit; http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/foreign_workers/changes.shtml.

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