Foreign worker amendments met with concern

Employers worried about ‘cumbersome’ process, labour worried about Canadian workers
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2013

In the fall of 2012, complaints erupted around a decision by HD Mining International in Vancouver to bring 201 temporary foreign workers from China for one of its mines in British Columbia.

Two unions in particular voiced concerns about the apparent failure to hire Canadian workers — though HD Mining said it met or exceeded all requirements — and the Federal Court is currently holding a judicial review of the government’s process to grant the worker permits.

The recent federal budget included proposed changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that are meant to ensure Canadians are given the first crack at available jobs.