TORONTO — The federal government has softened previous changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program originally made in 2011.
TFWs will now no longer be limited to a maximum four years in Canada. As well, businesses will still be allowed to hire TFWs for up to 20 per cent of their workforce, instead of the proposed drop to 10 per cent.
Restaurants Canada welcomed the rule reversal as a first step towards permanent residency for foreign workers.
“Most foreign workers come to Canada with the hopes and dreams of staying in this country,” said Joyce Reynolds, Restaurants Canada’s executive vice-president of government affairs. “Often they’re brought in because of permanent — not temporary — labour shortages, and their employers want to help them stay.”