Foreign workers now harder to hire

Employers facing increased costs, red tape and enforcement
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/14/2014

Major changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) are being received with mixed reviews but will definitely have an impact on those employers that make use of the government program.

The reforms are meant to ensure the TFWP is only used as intended — as a last and limited resort to fill acute labour shortages on a temporary basis when qualified Canadians are not available — according to the government. That means limiting access to the program, tightening the labour market assessment and implementing stronger enforcement with tougher penalties so businesses will have to make greater efforts to recruit and train Canadians for available jobs, including increasing wages.

It’s a monstrosity, according to Sergio Karas, principal and lawyer at Karas Immigration Law.