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New Rules of Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers Program Take Effect this April 1, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

The new rules to strengthen Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program will take effect this April 1, 2011.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is driven by employer demand and aimed at filling identified labour shortages where no suitable Canadian workers or permanent residents are available. Changes in the rules of this program were introduced last year to better safeguard the foreign workers.

The three significant rule changes in Canada's Temporary Foreign Workers Program were:

  • a more rigorous assessment of the genuineness of the job offer;
  • a two-year period of ineligibility for hiring temporary foreign workers for employers who fail to meet their commitments with respect to wages, working conditions and occupation;
  • a four-year limit on the length of time some temporary foreign workers may work in Canada before returning home

Temporary foreign workers to employers in certain industries like workers under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program are exempt from the four-year limit because of the critical role of their positions.

For more details on the regulatory improvements, please see Protecting Temporary Foreign Workers and Four-Year Limit for Foreign Nationals Working in Canada.

Landing a temporary working position in Canada is good, not just because of these recent improvements. A temporary job also increases a foreigner's chance to be a permanent resident in Canada or even become a citizen.

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