Immigration & Diversity news headlines – April 28, 2014


The nasty shift in Canadian immigration policy (Ishmael N. Daro,
What the anger over the temporary foreign workers program obscures, however, is the overall shift in the country’s immigration strategy over the last decade that has brought us to this point, a system that critics charge treats foreigners coming to Canada as mere cogs in the economic machinery.

Reporters Should Use Original Language Instead of Repeating Politicians’ Misused Phrases (Danah Wagner,
The decaying language used to talk about refugees in Canada proves Orwell perfectly current. Meaningless terms now lace political speech on refugees like punctuation, and each "abusing the system" and "self-selected refugee" perverts our understanding of major shifts in policy.

Video: Spur: Who Owns Our Secrets? | April 3, 2014 | Appel Salon (

"Who Owns Our Secrets?". A conversation with former CSIS Assistant Director Ray Boisvert, internet law pioneer Michael Geist, world-renowned surveillance scholar David Lyon and BC Civil Liberties Association Policy Director Micheal Vonn, moderated by CBC Radio host Brent Bambury.

Reporter’s Firing Stirs Heated Debate in B.C. (Shruti Prakash-Joshi,

The recent firing of an India-based reporter by a Vancouver radio station has thrown a sharp spotlight on the ethnic media in B.C., causing both proprietors and the journalists they employ to once again question the many assumptions they work with.

African-Canadian Immigrant/Banker Writes Novel About Nigerian Professional Couple Striving to Adapt to a New Culture and Workplace in Timely Story ‘Land of Honey’ (

“Immigration Reform is currently being debated in the US, Canada, and the UK, but little desire has been shown to involve new immigrants in solutions,” Obiajulu says. “I want to spread awareness about the true challenges immigrants have to overcome – how immigration affects marriages, families, and careers. And I want to help newcomers see that life in the Western world is not all honey. It can turn sour real quick, but there are ways to fit in, too.”

Olivia Chow says immigrant past made her stronger, as she enters race to be Mayor of Toronto (

BORN IN HONG KONG to an education consultant father and a mother who was a teacher, Chow moved to Toronto in 1970, at the age of 13. The family wanted to leave behind the turmoil being sown in Hong Kong by political forces from the mainland, which was in the throes of the Cultural Revolution. From a comfortable home on Blue Pool Road, in Happy Valley, they found themselves struggling at the bottom of the ladder. Chow’s mother went from having a live-in helper to doing other people’s laundry. The transition was hardest on Olivia’s father, who took his frustrations out on his wife by beating her. Life at home was tense and the teenager grew up fast.

Revellers celebrate Sikh new year (James Bradshaw,

Between 85,000 and 100,000 revellers lined Toronto’s streets on Sunday, marching to City Hall in tribute to the Sikh new year – outdone in numbers only by Surrey, B.C., where upwards of 200,000 people turned out – all to celebrate Khalsa Day.

Member of Babbar Khalsa terror group ordered deported (

Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered the deportation of a British man for belonging to Sikh separatist group that was engaged in terrorism.

In Canada’s immigration law, anyone can be a terrorist (Oakland Ross,

“It’s an extreme overreaction,” says Ontario legal-aid lawyer Andrew Brouwer. “Their stories are so compelling. There’s not a single allegation of ever being involved in any kind of violence, much less a terrorist act.” Brouwer is referring to a class of thwarted would-be immigrants to Canada who have been caught in a legalistic snare that would very likely have prevented Nelson Mandela from gaining residence in this country, had he been forced to apply. Behold: Section 34 (1) (f) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which has been in force since 2001.

RCMP tracking ‘high-risk’ Canadians to prevent radicalized youths from joining foreign terrorist groups (Stewart Bell,

Canadians at risk of joining foreign terrorist groups in Syria and elsewhere are now being tracked under a program led by the RCMP, a senior counter-terrorism officer has revealed in an interview. The program has brought together police and federal agencies to identify “high-risk travellers” and disrupt their plans using methods such as denying them passports, Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said.

Canadian Politics a Reminder of "Back Home" (Themrise Khan,

It is one thing to find a country’s politics “exciting” as a temporary visitor. It is another thing completely to try and understand it as an immigrant making a new home. Most new immigrants to Canada, particularly those arriving from politically fragile states such as Pakistan, come with high expectations of political stability and honest politics. After all, Canada’s model of a stable liberal democracy is what attracts many immigrants in the first place.

New film explores Canada’s secret trials (

A powerful documentary exploring the Canadian government’s use of security certificates to hold non-citizens indefinitely based on secret evidence is hitting the big screen. The Secret Trial 5 premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival in Toronto this weekend and will be screened again on April 28 and 30. The film will later be shown in various cities across the country before being released digitally.

Brampton residents outraged by anti-immigration flyers (

Residents in Brampton are expressing anger over a flyer being distributed throughout the city targeting the Sikh community. The flyer, distributed by the organization Immigration Watch Canada, is titled “The Changing Face of Brampton,” and features two images — the top photo shows a group of mostly white people, while the bottom photo shows a group of Sikhs.

Bonehead bigots distribute racist anti-immigration flyer in Brampton (Richard K,
Immigrants from China and the Sikh community, the latter of which were the target of a racist anti-immigration flyer in Brampton this week, are among the many who have added enormous value to Canada. But for those in the immigration advocacy industry, any question or critique about immigration policy is a catalyst for their mindless accusations of racism, despite race being completely immaterial to any responsible proposal for immigration reform. But in the case of this Brampton incident, the deplorable bigots who distributed the flyer are obviously racist idiots who deserve nothing but condemnation and contempt. The group Immigration Watch Canada could not have made themselves more clear with their recent statement in which it appears that they are proud of their ignorance and stupidity.

Message From the Governor General of Canada on the Occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day (

When diversity is stamped out and eliminated in the vilest way possible, we all pay the price. During the Holocaust, Jewish people were treated as less than human. Entire families and communities were erased. Many others deemed different were also persecuted and subjected to horrors beyond description.

Video: Crisis of Distrust: Police and Community in Toronto (

Wynne condemns anti-immigration flyers being distributed in Brampton (The Canadian Press,

Ontario’s premier is lashing out at what she calls a "hateful flyer" being distributed in the Toronto suburb of Brampton. Kathleen Wynne has issued a statement saying she will not tolerate what she calls the "hateful politics of division in Ontario."

Goodbye, Mother Tongue (Chantal Braganza & Kelli Korducki,

Immigration from one country to another can mean learning a new language. Along with that, however, comes a separate, if related, linguistic struggle: maintaining the family’s original language(s) and the associated cultural ties.

Case a Catch-22: lawyer (Carol Sanders,

"She’s managed to accept the situation and understands what I’d been through." Immigration officials have not. When Issak tried to sponsor Raheal to join his family in Winnipeg in 2011 he was told he couldn’t because he didn’t list her as his child when he applied to come to Canada in 2009. Immigration regulation 117 (9) (d) — the notorious "excluded family member" rule — imposes a lifetime ban on sponsorship of a family member if they were not examined by an immigration officer when the sponsor immigrated to Canada.

Unmoored: Vancouver’s Voyage of the Komagata Maru (

Join Guest Curator Naveen Girn and Komagata Maru historian Kalwant Singh Nadeem Parmar for a walking tour tracing the shores of the Burrard Inlet and through Downtown Vancouver on the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru’s departure from Canadian waters. Beginning at the Komagata Maru Memorial at Harbour Green Park, this tour will highlight historical buildings, spaces, and landscapes that were historically important to the narrative of the Komagata Maru and continue to influence the city today.

News Analysis: Increasing demand, immigration push Vancouver’s housing prices up (Jiang Yaping,

Somerville also pointed out that immigration to Vancouver, Canada’s Asian gateway, stands at about 30,000 people per year and the resulting demand for housing will likely keep prices high. "But I think as long as we’re getting an inflow of about 30,000 to 35,000 people a year, coming to Vancouver as part of coming to Canada, that’s going to be able to support the house prices."

Man fined for not providing complainant with job in Canada as promised (Ifrah Mufti,

For failing to send a customer to Canada on a work permit as promised, despite having received an advance amount of Rs 1 lakh, a city resident running an immigration agency, has been directed by the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission to pay the complainant the entire deposited amount along with Rs 50,000 as compensation and litigation cost.

Skilled immigrants to be offered ‘express entry’ to Canada in 2015 (Susana Mas,

The Canadian government is forging ahead with a new immigration system that will offer "express entry" to qualified immigrants starting in 2015 as a way to help fill open jobs for which there are no available Canadian workers.

Police Board Approves Revised Carding Policy (Desmond Cole,

The Toronto Police Services Board has approved a policy intended to regulate interactions between police and civilians and to prevent a resurgence of carding, the previously unregulated practice of stopping civilians and documenting their personal information. The new regulations require that police officers inform civilians of their rights during interactions and limit the collection of personal information to specific circumstances.

Tamil association marks anniversary with diversity awards (

The 25th anniversary celebration of the Tamil Cultural Association of Waterloo Region will include diversity awards.

Canadian companies need to do more multicultural marketing (Pradip Rodrigues,

Last month the Canadian Grocer/Marketing magazine Ethnic Consumer Insights Conference held at the International Centre in Mississauga attracted dozens of marketing professionals from the corporate world as well as key professionals from all the major ethnic marketing agencies in the GTA. Canada happens to be among the most ethnically diverse countries in the world, with visible minorities in Canada making up 16% of the total population and 15% of a total workforce.

A Tool That Maps Out Cultural Differences (David Champion,

Understanding cultural differences isn’t easy, even when you’ve lived in many different countries (disclosure: I’m a Brit, grew up in Southeast Asia, lived and worked in Switzerland and the US, and now live and work in France). Just when you think you’ve got a culture nailed, something happens that your mental model hasn’t predicted.

New Carding Policy (

Last night, the Toronto Police Services Board approved a new set of guidelines addressing the controversial practice of street checks, also known as "carding". Matt Galloway spoke with Peter Sloly. He is the Deputy Chief of the Toronto Police Service.

Svetlana Dvoretsky packed up her culture and came to Canada (William Littler,

‘I came home crying every night, but I learned how to build something,’ says the Russian-born founder of Show One Productions.

Immigrants hit citizenship roadblocks with language forms (

Nova Scotia immigrants who want to become Canadian citizens say they are facing obstacles when it comes to the proof of language forms they must supply with their applications.

Urban Alliance Submission on the Toronto Police Services Board Proposed Community Contact Card Policy (

The Urban Alliance on Race Relations is pleased that the TPSB is reconsidering its community contact policy in light of public discussions of how Carding affects communities and individuals – we have all learned that police policies that have a negative and disproportionate effect on racialized communities will not garner the support of the general public. Carding has been discredited.

Event- Restacking the Deck: Streaming by class, race and gender in Ontario Schools. (

Social Planning Toronto is co-hosting the launch of Restacking the Deck: Streaming by class, race and gender in Ontario Schools from David Clandfield, Bruce Curtis, Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Alison Gaymes San Vincente, D.W. Livingstone, George Martell and Harry Smaller.

The Afghan translator who came in from the cold (Michelle Shephard,

Of those who have gotten out, many have discovered that the culture shock and money required for western life is overwhelming. This is the case for many in Canada, including Sayed Shah Sharifi, whose plight has been chronicled by the Star for years.


Workplace religious accommodation: A two-part obligation under human rights (Kevin Sambrano,

Under the Human Rights Code (Ontario), the duty to accommodate in the workplace is a two-part obligation. Employers who do not make at least a reasonable effort to comply with this obligation can find themselves having to pay a financial price. This was the reality in Qureshi v. G4S Security Services, 2009.

Government of Canada helps new Canadians get jobs faster (

Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament for Richmond, announced over $2.5 million for a project to help underemployed newcomers find alternative careers in Canada related to their field of study and education.

Fear of Migrant Workers Is Xenophobia (Syed Hussan,

There has been massive media attention on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) in the last few weeks. Mainstream and social media is full of analysis and solutions. Some critics and commentators insist that the only appropriate way forward is shutting down the low-skilled temporary foreign worker program. They are wrong.

Economic and Social Integration of Immigrant Live-in Caregivers in Canada (Jelena Atanackovic and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault,

Few studies have addressed the economic and social integration of LCP workers after the program or explored how different types of caregiving — for children, disabled people or older adults — affect integration. This study helps fill these gaps through extensive qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups with 58 live-in caregivers.

National Affairs: Kenney forced into TFW changes (

Faced with an ugly trifecta of trouble with his temporary foreign worker program — anecdotal evidence and national perception followed by damning statistical evidence — Jason Kenney cut off Canada’s fast food industry last Thursday.

Guest editorial: Foreign workers program is broken (

By now, the idea that a few bad apples are responsible for the abuses that have bedevilled the federal government’s temporary foreign worker program (TFW) can be put to rest. So many Canadians have come forward with stories about being let go from their jobs and then replaced by foreign workers that it can’t all be blamed on rogue operators. The abuse is so widespread, it can only come from a fundamental flaw in the program — and it must be fixed.

Canada doesn’t need temporary foreign burger flippers (Stephen Maher,

In 2011, after a local boy’s dad complained that his son couldn’t get more hours, the owner of the local golden arches told The Truro Daily News that he was forced to bring in workers from the Philippines or he’d have to shut down the restaurant at night. I say go ahead and shut it down, or raise wages, a time-tested way of convincing people to work longer hours. Nova Scotia has an unemployment rate of 9.3 per cent. Truro doesn’t need temporary foreign workers. But it has them. They’re in Tim Hortons and McDonald’s all across Canada.

Misplaced blame on migrants in Temporary Foreign Worker controversy (

A sudden moratorium on Canadian fast food restaurants hiring temporary foreign labour could put the livelihoods of many migrant workers, who may already be in vulnerable situations, at risk. And, those who advocate for migrant workers say the program’s latest controversy is helping perpetuate a belief that foreign labourers themselves are to blame for Canadians being out of work.

Temporary Workers, Permanent Problems (Sandhya Singh,

Laura came to Canada from Mexico to work as a seasonal apple picker under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. She fell on the job, and her legs were crushed by a tractor. While she was in the hospital, a Mexican official tried to coerce her to sign documents to give up her right to treatment and benefits in Canada and return home. The goal was to save her employer from increased workers’ compensation premiums.

Foreign worker hiring ban on eateries leaves bitter taste (Graeme Bruce,

The federal government’s decision to ban restaurants from its temporary foreign worker program has drawn local angst. Employment Minister Jason Kenney issued the surprise moratorium Thursday, hours after the C.D. Howe Institute released a damning study into the program that concluded it had spurred joblessness in B.C. and Alberta.

Bennett stands by practice of hiring temporary foreign workers (James Mcleod,

Liberal MHA-elect and business owner Cathy Bennett wanted to defend her own practices amid a national controversy over temporary foreign workers and McDonald’s restaurant labour practices.

Foreign worker ban irks restrauteurs (Bill Kaufmann,

Ottawa’s abrupt ban on temporary foreign restaurant workers has some local eateries fearing they’ll be starved for specialized staff.

Editorial: The problem is with the foreign-workers program (Ottawa Citizen Editorial,

By now the idea that a few bad apples are responsible for the abuses that have bedevilled the federal government’s temporary foreign worker program (TFW) can be put to rest. So many Canadians have come forward with stories about being fired or let go from their jobs and then replaced by foreign workers that it can’t all be blamed on rogue operators. The abuse is so widespread and sustained, it can only come from a fundamental flaw in the design of the program — and it must be fixed.

Business say federal ban on temporary foreign workers could shut them down (Bill Mah,

Alberta businesses fear the federal government’s ban on restaurants accessing the temporary foreign worker program could shut them down. At the Fort McMurray Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre, about 20 per cent of the hotel’s staff are temporary foreign workers.

Saskatoon restauranteur, Chamber of Commerce pan temp. foreign worker ban (Bryn Levy,

The owner of a local restaurant is against changes to Ottawa’s temporary foreign worker (TFW) program. Jerry Kristian said he’s never brought in foreign workers at his Jerry’s Food Emporium restaurant. He explained this is because he’s not looking for ‘temporary’ help.

Update: Temporary Foreign Worker changes force Calgary restaurant to cut hours (Mario Toneguzzi, Michael Wright,

Amane Kanai doesn’t want to close his restaurant one day a week, but doesn’t feel he has a choice. The federal government announced Friday that restaurants would no longer be able to employ foreign nationals under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Foreign workers skew the market (Stephen Hume,

One of the hymns sung most enthusiastically from the business choir is praise for the free market. But reports from across the country about temporary foreign workers displacing Canadians — the less-than -radical C.D. Howe institute reports Ottawa’s program boosted unemployment in B.C. by more than three percentage points — suggest that this is not about the free market at all; it’s about distorting the free market to serve special economic interests.

Calgary lawyer on foreign workers moratorium (

Calgary immigration lawyer Raj Sharma on a federal moratorium on the Temporary Foreign Worker program for the fast food industry.

Controversy over the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (

I discussed Minister Jason Kenney’s abruptly announced moratorium on foreign workers for the restaurant industry on the CBC Radio Homestretch program. No one will disagree with the proposition that Canadians should have first ‘dibs’ on jobs here. The reality, however, is that the temporary foreign worker program is here to stay. Jason Kenney’s targeting of the restaurant industry smacks of electioneering. It was made without any consultation or notice to stakeholders whatsoever.

Foreign workers won’t be temporary if we make them permanent (Doug Saunders,

Since this is a chronically underpopulated country with an aging population and an inadequately sized consumer and taxpayer base for its geography and culture, there is no reason for Canada to make any of its immigrants anything other than permanent. Those who say “Canadian jobs for Canadians” are right: We should continue to attract immigrants who want to do these jobs, and we should make sure they are able to become Canadians, as quickly as possible.

Backers fear for foreign workers (Carol Sanders,

The controversy over restaurants hiring temporary foreign workers instead of Canadians is serving up a nasty side dish of xenophobia, say those who work with newcomers.

Ottawa right to suspend TFWP in fast food sector: Georgetti says employers abusing migrant worker program (

The Canadian Labour Congress says the federal government has done the right thing in suspending use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) for employers in the fast-food restaurant sector.

Kenney says foreign workers change a message to all Canadian employers (

The government’s decision to bar the food service industry from hiring temporary foreign workers is a wake-up call for employers across the country, says federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney. There will be no tolerance for employers trying to skirt the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker program, Kenney said in Vancouver on Friday.

Is This a Game Changer for Canadian Fast Food? (Robert Baillieul,

Some of these people worked out, but most didn’t. With no other options, employers turned to the TFWP to plug those labor gaps. And for the most part, the program has been pretty successful. Thousands of immigrants have used the program to get into the country permanently. Temporary workers have turned into Canadian citizens who pay taxes and contribute to society. But how will this change in the program affect the fast food business in Canada?

Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Separating the myths and facts (

The Temporary Foreign Worker program is critically important to restaurant operators in select regions of Canada, where they have no other staffing options for their businesses. Unfortunately, several myths and generalizations about the program are circulating due to recent media coverage.

Editorial: The problem is with the foreign-workers program (Ottawa Citizen Editorial,

By now the idea that a few bad apples are responsible for the abuses that have bedevilled the federal government’s temporary foreign worker program (TFW) can be put to rest. So many Canadians have come forward with stories about being fired or let go from their jobs and then replaced by foreign workers that it can’t all be blamed on rogue operators. The abuse is so widespread and sustained, it can only come from a fundamental flaw in the design of the program — and it must be fixed.

Fix TFWP or scrap it (Bruce Johnstone,

The temporary foreign workers (TFW) program should be given a major overhaul, if not scrapped altogether, following recent reports of abuse and a damning study that concludes the program actually increases unemployment and does little to reduce labour shortages.

End of restaurant foreign-worker program a call for better wages: Ottawa (

The federal government says this week’s decision to suspend restaurants from accessing the temporary foreign worker program is a wake-up call to all businesses in Canada that Ottawa expects them to raise wages and improve working conditions.

Time to end Canada’s temporary foreign worker program (Martin Collacott,

The time has come for the federal government to admit that the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program is clearly not working, and put an end to it. Limited components of the program are justified — for example, facilitating the temporary entry under NAFTA of businesspeople from the United States and Mexico who are involved in the trade of goods or services, or in investment activities, which provide reciprocal benefits for Canadians. What is obviously not working in the interests of Canadians is the large-scale import of low-skilled workers in the service sector, and particularly in fast food outlets.

The Question of Temporary Foreign Workers (Elamin Abdelmahmoud,

There has been a lot of controversy lately about the Temporary Foreign Worker program that the Conservatives put in place a couple of years ago. Earlier this week, a restaurant in Saskatchewan came under investigation because of claims that they fired many waitresses and replaced them with temporary foreign workers.

Temporary foreign worker feels unwelcome in Saskatchewan (Jill Smith,

Sticks and stones may break her bones, but one Weyburn woman says the names she’s being called right now as a temporary foreign worker (TFW) are what hurt her.

Tim Hortons touts hiring practices amid foreign worker report (

A new report from market research firm C.D. Howe finds that Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program may be affecting the country’s unemployment rate. The Canadian government program allows companies here to employ non-Canadians to fill job openings that can’t be filled by a Canadian worker, according to the CBC. In 10 years, the program has grown from 101,000 people to 338,000.

Cha Baa Thai hurt by hold on temporary foreign worker program (

The federal government’s suspension of the temporary foreign worker program is causing worry beyond the fast-food restaurant industry — it’s affecting full size restaurants that use foreign workers too. Halifax-based Cha Baa Thai has struggled to find local experts in cooking Thai food. It flew out chefs from Toronto, but they decided not to stay in the Maritimes.

Temporary foreign worker program abuses go beyond restaurants: AFL (Beacon Reporter Ab,

Labour group calls for Kenney to resign, says temporary foreign worker permits issued allowed employers to drive down wages

Kenney, Harper not fit to run a burger joint: Mallick (Heather Mallick,

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers program is an emblem of the Conservative government’s disdain for citizens.

Political Eh-conomy Radio: Temporary Foreign Workers (Michal Rozworski,

The Temporary Foreign Workers Program has been increasingly in the spotlight the last few weeks. Many allegations have surfaced about the appalling living and working conditions faced by migrant workers. While much of the media coverage has ignored what is most important, my two guests on this week’s podcast are ready to offer some correctives.

Leave scrubbing hotel toilets to TFWs: CFIB (

Forget McDonald’s temporary foreign worker troubles and the leaked audio of its CEO talking about how his company is facing heat over the use of "disenfranchised" TFWs. The president of the lobby group representing small business has his own super-sized problem after his appearance on national television Thursday.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program has ‘serious problems,’ McMaster prof says (Sunnie Huang,

A McMaster professor will launch a four-year study into the use of temporary foreign workers amid allegations of abuse of the controversial program. Catherine Connelly, associated professor at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and Canada Research Chair in Organizational Behaviour, has recently been awarded a federal grant to study the implications of Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) on workers and employers.

Time for Nationwide Pause on Temporary Foreign Worker Program: United Steelworkers (

The federal government would do well to follow the example of McDonald’s and put a nationwide pause on the lower-skilled stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), says Stephen Hunt, United Steelworkers (USW) Director for Western Canada.

Kenney, Harper not fit to run a burger joint (Heather Mallick,

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers program is an emblem of the Conservative government’s disdain for citizens.

UPDATE 2-Canada says freeze on foreign workers is wake-up call (Frank Mcgurty,

The Canadian government said on Friday companies should raise wages to encourage more Canadians to apply for unfilled jobs, saying the freeze it imposed this week on restaurants hiring temporary foreign workers is a wake-up call for all employers.

End of restaurant foreign-worker program a call for better wages: Ottawa (Bill Curry, Kelly Cryderman And Ian Bailey,

The federal government says this week’s decision to suspend restaurants from accessing the temporary foreign worker program is a wake-up call to all businesses in Canada that Ottawa expects them to raise wages and improve working conditions.

Tim Hortons – Media Statement (

Tim Hortons applauds the Government of Canada for any steps it takes to strengthen Canadian labour markets and the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), while also addressing critical labour shortages in certain markets where efforts to recruit Canadians have been exhausted to fill available positions.

Press Release: Actyl Group Helps Food Service Employers Retain, Stabilize Temporary Foreign Workers in Wake of Federal Suspension (

Actyl Group is continuing its efforts to help employers across Canada find and retain the skilled workers they need, despite recent news that Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney has temporarily suspended the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program for the food service industry.

Thumbs Down to Foreign Worker Changes (

Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney’s move on Thursday to suspend food service workers from the Temporary Foreign Worker program is not being well received by at least one person in Kamloops. Executive Director of Kamloops Immigrant Services Paul Lagace says it punishes those following the program’s rules because of the abuses of only a few. "In my mind, that’s like a swat that takes out the whole picture, when really all they needed to do was adjust their monitoring process. So when they monitor these programs, there’s limited access for employers to misuse or misapply the rules." Lagace has seen employers abuse the program in Kamloops, but hasn’t seen Canadian jobs taken by temporary foreign workers here.

Foreign workers: Their words (Emma Graney,

The impact will be “significant” in rural areas, he says, where restaurants use the program “extensivley, because there is an extremely small (worker) pool in rural Saskatchewan.” But what do foreign workers think? The common theme is that they are proud to be contributing to Canada, and have big plans for their lives here.

Temporary foreign workers worried about their future (

The abrupt suspension of the use of the temporary foreign workers in restaurants isn’t only affecting the food services industry. Many of the workers themselves are worried for their future.

McDonald’s Calls Report on Foreign Workers ‘Bullshit’ (Eater Contributor,

The CBC’s original report told the story of a group of foreign workers who were recruited from Belize. Jaime Montero and four others were flown into to Edmonton and forced to live in an apartment together. Half of their wages were garnished to pay for the apartment, leaving them with less than $800 per month to live on. When Montero complained, he was fired and evicted; he has since been sleeping in homeless shelters.

Canadian Wage Growth ‘Missing In Action’: TFW Program To Blame? (

Porter wrote cryptically, “it’s also possible something more fundamental is at play, holding back wages.” That something could be the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program. Critics of the program argue it drives down wages or at least halts wage growth by increasing the supply of low-wage labour. By allowing companies to hire abroad and pay the workers “prevailing” Canadian wages, they never have to raise salaries to find workers at home. That, in turn, leaves wage growth lower than it would have been.

Supply, demand and citizens – rather than temporary guest workers (

There are economic reasons to rethink and scale back Canada’s temporary foreign worker program. But there’s also the question of the kind of society we want. Do we want a class of working strangers who come here, do our dirty work and then are forced to leave? Canada has always wanted something else: immigrants. People who cross the seas to become our neighbours and our fellow citizens. We don’t just want them to work for us. We want them to join us, as Canadians.

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