Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced new rules to strengthen Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. He said:
The government is taking action to protect temporary foreign workers, including live-in caregivers, from potential abuse and exploitation. We owe it to them, their employers and all Canadians to ensure that the program is fair and equitable. After all, they are an essential element of Canada’s economic success.
Highlights of the changes, which come into effect on April 1, 2011, include:
- a more rigorous assessment of the genuineness of the job offer;
- a two-year prohibition from hiring temporary foreign workers for employers who fail to meet their commitments to workers with respect to wages, working conditions and occupation; and
- a limit on the length of time a temporary foreign worker may work in Canada before returning home.
Employers seeking to hire temporary foreign workers, including live-in caregivers, will now be assessed against past compliance with program requirements before authorization can be granted. Employers found to have violated worker rights may be refused authorization to hire a foreign worker.