Temporary Foreign Worker Program Changes (one pager)

In recent years, the number of workers admitted to Canada on temporary visas has doubled. The increase in Temporary Foreign Workers has brought to public attention stories of abuse and difficult conditions faced by workers. For many years, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has been urged by numerous groups, including the CCR, to address the vulnerable situation of temporary migrant workers as a result of their status. CIC has announced regulatory changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that are to be implemented in April 2011. The CCR critiques these changes in the context of concerns over the particular vulnerability of workers on temporary visas and the broad impacts on Canadian society of expanding the temporary migration program.