Employers in agricultural sector looking for positive changes to TFWP

Hoping for faster processes, greater ease of use considering labour shortages
By Melissa Campeau
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2018
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Dairy farmer Marie-Pier Vincent cares for a cow at her farm in Saint-Valerien-de-Milton, Que., on Aug. 30. Credit: Christinne Muschi (Reuters)

Agricultural business owners who employ seasonal migrant workers have been keeping a close eye on news headlines recently. That’s because Employment and Social Development Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are expected to publish findings from a review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

The most recent phase of the review included a national call-out for evidence-based research from groups impacted by the program, to be reviewed by an independent contractor. While former prime minister Stephen Harper’s government conducted a review and overhaul of the system in 2014, many groups still see opportunity for significant changes and improvements.

Labour shortages