Bryan May, M.P.
Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the
Status of Persons with Disabilities
to Standing Order 108(2) of the House of Commons, we are pleased to respond on
behalf of the Government of Canada to the recommendations made by the Standing
Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of
Persons with Disabilities in its report entitled Temporary Foreign Worker
Program, tabled in the House of Commons on September 19, 2016.
Government thanks the members of the Standing Committee (the Committee) for
their valuable study examining the current Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW)
Program and providing meaningful recommendations to the Government.
Government also thanks the many witnesses, including representatives of federal
departments, labour organizations, advocacy groups, industry associations,
business representatives, as well as temporary foreign workers, who appeared
before the Committee or provided written briefs for consideration. Their
insights on the TFW Program, including the impact of recent program reforms,
are both informative and insightful.
Government is committed to making the TFW Program work for all workers, for
businesses, and for the Canadian economy.
announced on December 13, 2016, the Government has already begun its work to
improve the Program. In particular:
stronger recruitment requirements, where appropriate, for low-wage employers so
that Canadian workers traditionally under-represented in the labour market
(youth, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and newcomers) have
better access to available job opportunities;
the four-year cumulative duration rule, which has caused unnecessary hardship
and instability for both workers and employers;
the exemption on the cap for seasonal industries for 2017; and,
to further developing pathways to permanence for foreign workers.
Government intends to announce further details on changes to the Program in
we have said before, the Government’s objective is to make the Program better
serves the needs of workers and employers alike. We would welcome an
opportunity to present the Program’s path forward to the Committee at an
appropriate time after next steps are confirmed.
Patricia A. Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Ahmed Hussen, P.C., M.P.
of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
of Immigration, Refugees and