Coming on the heels of cross-country consultations held this summer on immigration levels and mix, Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that consultation sessions will take place next month in Calgary specifically with respect to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
The consultations will be co-hosted by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) Minister Diane Finley. Invited participants will include employers from the oil and gas, construction, agriculture and hospitality sectors, as well as labour representatives.
According to CIC’s news release announcing the consultations, the government is currently working on a number of initiatives aimed at making the TFWP “more responsive to labour market needs.” The goal of the consultations is to seek input from participants specifically on the TFWP with a view to ensuring that the program “continues to support economic growth, while at the same time protecting employment opportunities for Canadians.”
For further information on the requirements and process for hiring foreign workers for temporary employment under the TFWP, please contact the immigration law specialists at Green and Spiegel LLP.