On September 19, the House of Commons Standing Committee, studying Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) released its report containing 21 recommendations for revamping the TFWP.
A key recommendation in the report is to establish a Trusted Employer Program for companies that access the program. CERC has been a long-time proponent of a program that reduces red tape and recognizes the efforts of accredited employers that need to access the program for in demand skills, and this was 1 of 15 recommendations we provided to the Standing Committee.
While much of the report focused on low skilled worker issues, and cited cases of abuse of workers by employers…which was to be expected since the committee allowed only handful of business groups to appear before it, there were some positive recommendations that would improve the program.
A further shortcoming in the Committee’s report is the lack of focus on the need to develop a high skilled stream for temporary in demand talent. These are the very specialized knowledge workers and management executives that are in many instances holding back business growth. One example of that are the recent comments from Canadian clothier Lululemon, which is warning Ottawa that it could move its headquarters out of Canada because of the bureaucratic red tape surrounding the program.
The government has 120 days to respond to the committee’s report.
Read CERC recommendations