Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to face major overhaul
The federal government is planning to introduce a few changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) after the budget deliberation in late February or early March.
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows local employers acquire foreign nationals for select temporary job posts. Several policymakers revealed that the plan seeks to strike a balance in the report submitted by The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities in September. The 74-page report focused on 21 suggestions to improve the program.
Among the proposed changes are the following:
Issuance of new fast-track visas for high-skilled foreign workers
Introduction of a new multi-use visa for foreign workers under International Mobility Program
Revision of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) provisions to accommodate the transition plans to train local employees
In 2015, several changes had been made to the program, including the abolition of the four-in, four-out scheme and the extension of cap exception for seasonal industries. All of these reflect Trudeau administration’s commitment to making the labour market more accessible to more high-skilled workers by relaxing existing immigration policies.
The government has also ensured the public that the move will not take jobs from local workers. Its primary purpose is to help local entrepreneurs to fill industry-crucial posts and eventually expand and hire more employees in the future.