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Canada announces new measures to protect temporary foreign workers

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Canada has announced new amendments to the regulations to provide greater transparency and clarity on the requirements and conditions of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program and International Mobility Program (IMP).

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have together announced 13 amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations to strengthen protections for foreign workers and enhance the TFWP.

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“In Canada, the rights of all workers—including temporary foreign workers—are protected by law. The International Mobility Program (IMP) sets requirements and conditions for hiring TFWs in Canada and issues open work permits to vulnerable employees who are experiencing unjust work environments so they can quickly find new employers.With these new regulations in place, the Government of Canada is strengthening its ability to protect temporary foreign workers and is enhancing its capacity to prevent potential mistreatment or abuse during TFWs period of employment in Canada.,” Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said in a statement.


According to the release, the new regulations will better protect TFWs and help to prevent mistreatment and abuse during their stay in Canada by:

  • mandating that employers provide all TFWs with information about their rights in Canada;
  • prohibiting reprisal by employers against workers, for instance against those who come forward with complaints; and,
  • prohibiting employers from charging recruitment fees to workers and holding them accountable for the actions of recruiters in this regard.

Canadian employers will also now required to provide reasonable access to health care services and provide private health insurance when needed.

ESDC will suspend the processing of any new Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs) if there is reason to suspect that an employer’s non-compliance with the new conditions would put a foreign worker’s health or safety at serious risk.

TFWs have the same rights as Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Canada offers over 100 different pathways for foreign nationals to work in the country temporarily. The pathways are divided between the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and the International Mobility Program.


Source :- https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/nri/work/canada-announces-new-measures-to-protect-temporary-foreign-workers/articleshow/94851948.cms

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