The Temporary Foreign Workers Program has been a hot topic of conversation within Canada, which has recently resulted in the federal government implementing changes to the program in order to provide Canadians the first chance at available jobs.
The TFW Program was implemented to help fill specific labour needs in various industries across Canada; however, many have decried the program for increasing the unemployment rate in specific regions, undercutting Canada’s normal immigration system and exploiting vulnerable (mostly racialized) workers. Check out the following links and articles to get a sense of what the TFW Program is, what the new changes are, and how these changes impact the actual migrant workers.
Check out: “Recent Changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program” by Pierre-Etienne Morand, Global Workplace Insider (2014)
Check out: “Temporary foreign worker changes do little to calm debate in B.C.” by James Keller, CTV News Vancouver (2014).
Check out: “Migrant workers prepare for more fees, shorter stays, no permanent status” by Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (2014).