Foreign worker program given another tweak

Regulation that barred employers with criminal records removed
By Liz Foster
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/28/2014

The federal government has announced further reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in its ongoing efforts to ensure neither the program nor the workers hired through it are abused.

A regulation that prevented employers with criminal convictions — in human trafficking, sexually assaulting an employee or causing the death of an employee — from applying for workers under the TFWP was recently removed as part of the reform.

Labour groups have criticized the announcement — made on New Year’s Day — as a watering down of regulations intended to protect vulnerable workers.