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04/17/2017

Government of Canada strengthens Temporary Foreign Worker Program through Budget 2017

WVN – Budget 2017 is the next step in the Government of Canada’s long-term plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. As part of its plan to grow the Canadian economy, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that the Government will improve the Temporary Foreign Worker program by bringing in new requirements for employers seeking to hire foreign workers.

To ensure that Canadians always have the first opportunity at available jobs, the Government will take two new, key steps. Employers will be required to do more to recruit Canadians, particularly those who are typically under-represented in our workforce, like youth, newcomers, women, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities. And, the Government will work with industry sectors that are heavy users of the Program, to create Canadian workforce development strategies in partnership with employers, organized labour, and other stakeholders.

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“The changes we are making to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will help ensure that Canadians have the first opportunity at available jobs, that vulnerable workers are protected, and that the Canadian economy can continue to grow and thrive. This is an example of how our government is creating conditions that will help families in the middle class, and those working hard to join it.” 

– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

From improving Express Entry to launching the Global Skills Strategy to dropping the four-year rule for temporary workers, the Government has taken action on many of the recommendations that the Standing Committee put forward in fall 2016. We are committed to delivering an immigration system that helps grow our economy while strengthening our society, and the investments made in Budget 2017 will allow us to do that.”

– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

To fulfill its commitment to better protect vulnerable foreign workers, the Government will increase onsite inspections of workplaces that employ foreign workers. It will also work with community organizations devoted to the protecting vulnerable foreign workers to ensure workers are informed of their rights and protections when they arrive in Canada.

Because collaboration will help enhance worker protections and employer compliance, the Government of Canada will also continue to pursue information-sharing agreements with the provinces and territories.

Budget 2017 provides an investment of $279.8 million over five years, starting in 2017–18, and $49.8 million per year thereafter, to support the continued delivery and improvement of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program.

For more information, please review: Backgrounder: The path forward plan for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program

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