Temporary foreign worker protections boosted in British Columbia with Bill 48

Employers face increased enforcement measures, much higher penalties
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/21/2018

Stories about the mistreatment of temporary foreign workers in Canada have filled the media for years. Tales of exorbitant fees being charged to workers, or of passports or wages being withheld, have painted a bleak picture for many involved with the program.

While the federal government is responsible for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), it’s the provinces that are responsible for enforcing labour laws. And, gradually, provinces such as Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick have responded to the concerns.

The latest province to step up is British Columbia, which passed Bill 48, the Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act, at the end of November.