TFWP rife with issues, finds auditor general

But recommitment to enforcement, inspections could spell hardship for employers: Experts
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/12/2017

The national Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is being used inappropriately by employers seeking labour help, according to a scathing report handed down by Canada’s auditor general in May.

While the intention of the TFWP is to allow employers to hire temporary help as a last resort, the federal government’s inadequate review processes did not consider whether individual employers’ need for labour help was justified, or whether those jobs could be filled by Canadians, said the audit by Michael Ferguson.

Additionally, very few on-site inspections took place, nor did face-to-face interviews with employers and foreign workers, giving organizations the ability to use the program for unintended purposes.