Most want TFWs to fill job openings that can’t be filled by Canadians
Canadians see the value of temporary foreign workers (TFWs), and they support these people coming to the country, according to a recent Nanos report.
A majority of workers believe that TFWs are important (48 per cent) or somewhat important (34 per cent) to the Canadian economy, based on the survey of over 1,000 Canadians, conducted between Dec. 27 and 29, 2023.
Most support these workers’ endeavours in the country:
Having employers bring temporary foreign
workers to Canada to help fill jobs they can’t find
Canadians to do
49 per cent
30 per cent
Having interested temporary foreign workers
remain in Canada to become citizens or permanent
32 per cent
37 per cent
Allowing temporary foreign workers who are
brought to Canada for a specific job to change
31 per cent
28 per cent
Having more temporary foreign workers coming to
Canada for jobs
22 per cent
35 per cent
The Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers to fill temporary jobs when qualified Canadians are not available, according to the federal government.
And Canadian employers seemed to have turned their focus to hiring foreign workers in the past year. The number of employers applying for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in the country surged by 84.03 per cent year-over-year by Nov. 5, 2023, according to a CBC report, citing data from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
And in October 2023, after launching the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program Workforce Solutions Road Map in 2022, announced extended measures that will be in place until Aug. 30, 2024.
Modern initiatives for TFWP
Amid the current situation, Ottawa is working on a number of modernization initiatives under the TFWP to speed up the processing of LMIA applications.
For example, files are now being distributed across the entire national network, which allows applications from high-demand provinces to be processed elsewhere, said Maja Stefanovska, a spokesperson for Employment and Social Development Canada, in a CBC report.
The growing population of TFWs has enhanced their role in Canada’s overall workforce, according to Yuqian Lu and Feng Hou, with the Social Analysis and Modelling Division, Analytical Studies and Modelling Branch, at Statistics Canada.
“In 2010, TFWs accounted for 2.0 per cent of all T4 earners in the country, and this proportion increased to 4.3 per cent in 2019 and to 4.4 per cent in 2020,” they say. “The role of TFWs varied across industrial sectors, depending on the number of TFWs in relation to the total workforce within each sector.”
However, TFWs in Canada have shifted to working in low-paying jobs in the country in the previous decade, according to StatCan.