Rules eased in B.C., Alta., for temp foreign workers

Labour market opinions to be processed in three to five days
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2007

Ken Mah knows just how difficult it is to bring a temporary foreign worker to Canada.

It took the Tim Hortons franchise owner in Camrose, Alta., almost seven months to hire just one person from El Salvador. Mah has applied for more than 15 foreign workers in the past year.

Meanwhile, he’s been forced to eliminate the graveyard shift at one of his two locations and he closes the other by 8 p.m. His shops are staffed, in part, by three home-schooled children, the youngest of whom is 12.