Reforms coming to controversial temporary foreign worker program

The Harper government announces reforms to the controversial temporary foreign worker program on Friday.

The announcement will be made by Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander at a 1:30 p.m. ET news conference in Ottawa.

A poll commissioned by Ottawa suggested Canadians would be in favour of creating an easier path for workers under the program to remain in the country and even obtain citizenship in order to retain their skills.

Industry groups consulted by Kenney and officials say they believe the key change will be to make it more difficult for firms to bring in workers for unskilled, low-paying jobs, such as in the food-service industry.

As well, news reports have speculated the government might impose a wage floor for TFWs that is higher than the Canadian minimum wage.

One change almost certain to be in the measures is new fines for firms that abuse the system.

 

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