Temporary foreign workers: Everything you need to know

posted on May 2, 2014

By Bill Curry, the Globe and Mail | Link to Article

By Bill Curry, the Globe and Mail | Link to Article

One of the hottest policy debates in Parliament is over the federal government’s rules on allowing non-Canadians to come into the country temporarily for work – an issue that touches on both immigration and employment. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program has gone through many changes in recent years and is currently under review by the government after allegations of abuse. Here’s what you need to know.

What is the Temporary Foreign Worker Program?

It is the overall name for a group of wide-ranging programs that allow foreigners to come to Canada temporarily. The program is primarily known for allowing employers to bring in workers to do jobs that are going unfilled in Canada. However, the program also includes other categories, such as allowing international companies to bring in short-term help from a satellite office in another country. It also includes an international exchange program for youth.

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