‘Black list’ among new measures to protect foreign workers

posted on January 16, 2014

By CBC | Link to Article

By CBC | Link to Article

Ottawa is stressing that it has already moved to beef up protections for temporary foreign workers, in the wake of CBC News reports this week on allegations of overcrowded accommodations for employees in western Labrador.

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“Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is committed to protecting all workers from abuse and exploitation,” Alexis Conrad, director general of the Temporary Foreign Worker Directorate, said in a statement.

The feds recently implemented a series of reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. They became effective as of the end of 2013.

Those measures include:

  • a two-year ban for employers who are found to break the rules, with their name and address placed on a public “black list”;
  • the ability to review employer compliance for up to six years from the first day of employment of a temporary foreign worker;
  • on-site workplace visits at any time without a warrant, except in the case of private dwellings;
  • the power to revoke or suspend work permits already issued in some cases. This applies to all those issued after the end of 2013.