Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (the “TFWP“) allows employers to bring foreign workers to Canada to temporarily fill jobs for which qualified Canadians are not available. After the program became increasingly controversial in 2012-13, the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (“ESDC“) on June 20, 2014 imposed a cap limiting the proportion of low-wage foreign workers that businesses can employ. How the Cap Works Employers with a company-wide business size of 10 or more employees are subject to the cap.  The cap percentage is determined for each individual worksite location and is based […]

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The Ministry of Employment and Social Development (“ESDC”) has announced that there will be several changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (“TFWP”) that will take effect on April 30, 2015. The changes are: Implementation of new High and Low-wage Streams Updating the Provincial / Territorial Median Hourly Wages Increasing Worker Protections Modifying the Method for Calculating the Cap on Low Wage Positions Implementing the Labour Market Impact Assessment (“LMIA”) system fully in Quebec Updating Regions of Refusal to Process

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