New Rules Strengthen Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The government of Canada announced that it is implementing stricter regulations with the aim of further improving the working conditions for temporary workers and live-in caregivers in Canada.

According to the federal government, consultations held over the past two years revealed that employers were exploiting some live-in caregivers because the system made them vulnerable. To address this, the federal government is tightening the regulations affecting live-in caregivers and temporary foreign workers, as well as the people who hire them. “The government is taking action to protect temporary foreign workers, including live-in caregivers, from potential abuse and exploitation,” said Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney.

Employers found to have violated worker rights may also be refused authorization to hire a foreign worker under the changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that will come into effect on April 1, 2011.

Highlights of the changes include:

  • a more rigorous assessment of the genuineness of the job offer which must now specify wages, benefits, accommodation, duties, hours of work, and holiday and sick leave entitlements.
  • a two-year prohibition from hiring temporary foreign workers for employers who fail to meet their commitments to workers with respect to wages, working conditions and occupation; and
  • a limit on the length of time a temporary foreign worker may work in Canada before returning home.

For further information visit the Citizenship & Immigration Canada Website at:

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