Harper government reverses course, halts ‘15% rule’ on temporary foreign labour

Originally posted on National Post | News:

[np_storybar title="Highlights of changes to government’s temporary foreign workers program"]

OTTAWA — Changes announced Monday to the federal government’s temporary foreign workers program:

— Employers must now pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage, rather than up to 15 per cent less than the average for the same job;

— The “accelerated labour market opinion” process, which fast-tracked the ability of some companies to bring in workers from outside Canada, has been temporarily suspended;

— The government has more authority to suspend and revoke work permits and labour market opinions (LMOs) if the program is being abused;

— Specific questions will be asked of employers applying for labour market opinions to ensure the program is not being used to facilitate outsourcing;

— Requiring employers who rely on temporary foreign workers to have a “firm plan” in place to transition to a Canadian workforce over time;

— Introducing new fees…

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