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Month: May 2014

Alberta’s Labor Minister Lashes Out At Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Calling the federal government’s existing Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program “inhumane and economically unsound”, Alberta’s labor minister also warns that his province’s economy relies heavily on the availability of foreign workers. In a recent speech at an immigration forum at the University of Alberta, the province’s labor minister Thomas Lukaszuk also harshly criticized the federal …

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Canadian Immigration Policy Shifting To Benefit Employers, Experts Warn

Canada’s immigration policy is dramatically shifting its emphasis to benefit employers over the interests of new Canadian immigrants. That’s the finding of a new study of Canada’s immigration laws conducted by researchers at Toronto’s Ryerson University and the Migration Policy Group; the study was conducted as part of an update of the Migration Policy Effectiveness …

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Canadian Banking Executive Extols Immigration Benefits to Canada

The head of one of Canada’s largest banks is calling for greater immigration diversity, and more cooperation between the federal and provincial governments in building a successful Canadian immigration policy. Gordon Nixon, the Chief Executive Office of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), as well as chairman of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, says …

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Canada Ponders Major Overhaul To Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Will Canada’s foreign workers soon have a higher minimum wage than some native-born Canadians? That’s just one of several proposals under consideration as Canada’s Conservative government reacts to the enormous public and political fallout from the country’s Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program. Over the last several weeks, the TFW program has rocketed to the top …

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New Canadian Visa Aims At Attracting Mexican Visitors

Canada’s government is hoping that its new “Can+” immigration program will make it easier to say ‘hola’ to a growing number of visitors from Mexico. Under the newly introduced Can+ program, Mexican nationals who’ve visited either Canada or the United States within the last 10 years will be eligible for expedited visa processing. In addition …

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Canadian Migrant Workers Oppose Conservative, Liberal Policy

Canada’s largest migrant worker coalition is lashing out against the Conservative government’s handling of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program, as well as recent Liberal Party proposals to fix the program. The Migrant Workers Alliance For Change (MWAC) has called for “immediate changes” to the recently instituted moratorium on hiring TFW employees within the food …

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Canadians Worry About Possible Shortage Of Foreign Live-In Caregivers

With the government pledging to crackdown on Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program, there’s now growing concern about a possible shortage of foreign-born, live-in caregivers within Canada. Amid several high-profile allegations of employer abuse of the TFW program, Employment Minister Jason Kenney has vowed to tighten the rules governing that program, leading some within Canada’s …

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Security Concerns Entrap Some Innocent Immigrants In Canadian Immigration Web

Legal experts are warning that strict enforcement of Canada’s anti-terrorism laws may be entrapping innocent Canadian immigrants. In what’s been described as an “extreme over-reaction” to terrorism concerns, a section of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that was added after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 is being blamed for blocking the …

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Canadian Liberal Leader Calls For Scaling Back Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The man who many predict may be Canada’s next prime minister is calling for dramatic changes to his nation’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau is critical of the Conservative government’s handling of the TFW program, stating that since taking office Prime Minister Stephen Harper has “transformed the Temporary Foreign Worker …

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Canada Freezes Hiring of Foreign Workers in Food Services

In a dramatic reaction to recent claims of employer abuse of temporary foreign workers (TFW), Canada’s Employment Minister Jason Kenney has temporarily frozen the hiring of foreign workers within the food service sector. Kenney’s strong reaction comes in the wake of a series of employer abuse claims from foreign workers in the food service sectors …

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