Foreign worker scandal serves up controversy

Government crackdown on McDonald’s franchises puts TFWP back under microscope
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2014

A recent government crackdown is sparking renewed controversy around temporary foreign workers.

Three Victoria, B.C., McDonald’s restaurants, owned by a single franchisee, are facing government investigation for alleged misuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The franchisee was added to a federal blacklist in early April.

“Within 24 hours of becoming aware of these allegations, inspectors from my department did an on-site inspection at the location in Victoria and I suspended all labour market opinions and work permits in process for this franchise pending the outcome of the investigation,” Jason Kenney, federal minister of employment and social development, said in a statement.