Tightening grip on the use of foreign workers (Legal View)

Changes to TFWP place more onus on employers and give authorities more powers
By Howard Greenberg
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/25/2014

Substantial regulatory changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), implemented on Dec. 31, 2013, have resulted in greater compliance obligations for Canadian employers. The changes also provide immigration officials with extensive authority to investigate and penalize employers that don’t comply.

Ministerial instructions were also released granting Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC or Service Canada) new powers to revoke, suspend and refuse to process work permit or Labour Market Opinion (LMO) applications based on public policy concerns.

Key regulatory changes