Canadian Temporary Foreign Workers Employers Blacklisted
Under Canadian immigration regulations introduced last year, Canadian employers can be now banned from participating in the foreign temporary worker program for up to two years if they don’t comply with the agreed wage and working conditions initially stated within their employment contracts. It is an issue that has caught the attention of the Canadian Minister of Employment, Jason Kenney. While the Minister recognizes the recent move as a reaction to what has been referred to as an endemic problem with Canada’s temporary foreign worker program, he feels it doesn’t go far enough.
“Two years is not long enough,” he said. “If there’s been a serious violation of workers’ rights on the part of the employer, I think you should put the employer on a permanent blacklist. I’m going to look at doing that.”
Jenna Hennebry, associate director of the International Migration Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, surveyed over 600 migrant farm workers in Ontario. Her report suggests that many foreign workers are fearful of telling their employers when they are sick or injured. Others feared dismissal upon reporting unsafe work conditions – with the possibility of jeopardizing their immigration status within the temporary work program.
Concern about the annual intake of foreign temporary workers has increased in recent years alongside their numbers, which have swelled to more than 182,000 in 2010, the second highest number of record after 2008.
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Posted on January 9th, 2014