Moratorium on Food Services Industry Access to Temporary Foreign Worker program


The Canadian Government stood its ground on the new changes made to the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Program. Canadian employment minister, Jason Kenney, tweeted out to his followers about the new changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

“We have placed a moratorium on Temporary Foreign Worker Program applications in the food-service industry, pending our ongoing policy review”

It is of essence that Canadians have the first chance at available jobs, and that the TFW program is only used as a last and limited resort when Canadian workers are not available. It has recently been brought to the attention of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that some serious allegations of abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program were carried out.These allegations were investigated and research concluded that Labour Market Opinion’s (LMO) were suspended and employers in question were placed on a public blacklist. 

Regardless of these actions, there remain concerns regarding the use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in the Food Services Sector. 
As a result, an announcement of an immediate moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program was made. ESDC will not accept any newly received or pending LMO applications associated to the Food Services Sector. In addition, any unfilled positions tied to an LMO that was previously approved will be adjourned.

This ban will remain in effect until the finalization of the on-going review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and the government has made it clear that
 abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will not be tolerated.Further investigation of employer abuse will be conducted, and any employer found to have lied about their attempts to hire Canadians could face potential criminal prosecution. 

Continued efforts will be made to ensure that Canadian employers try all they can to hire Canadian workers prior to resorting to using the TFW program. 

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