Foreign Workers

Canada proposed new regulations to protect Foreign Workers

Today, July 26th, Canada announced proposed new regulations to improve the protection of temporary foreign workers. Although foreign workers have the same rights as Canadians and PR, not all of them have full access to information on their rights. This can make foreign workers more vulnerable to potential exploitation and abuse.

For this reason, the Minister of Employment, Carla Qualtrough, and the Minister of Immigration, Marco Mendicino, outlined new regulations with key objectives.

  • Improve protections for temporary foreign workers.
  • Improve the Government’s ability to prevent bad actors from participating in the program, and

Last but not least: Strengthen the Government’s ability to effectively conduct inspections. This includes reducing the prescribed timelines and involving third parties to provide documents to support inspections.

In order to meet these objectives, the government will:

  • Mandate employers to provide temporary foreign workers with information about their rights in Canada.
  • Prohibit reprisal by employers against workers who come forward with complaints.
  • Put into regulation key requirements for all employers to provide reasonable access to healthcare services. Moreover, the proposed changes would prohibit the charging of recruitment fees to workers.

Also, Canada will provide authorities that will strengthen the assessment of applications from new employers and deferring the processing of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if non-compliance is suspected.

New regulations to protect Foreign Workers

To know more about the proposed amendments to the IRPR, please read this article:

Other announcements

In addition to today’s announcement, the Government of Canada launched new features on Job Bank that enable temporary foreign workers to search for jobs from eligible employers. These features will help workers, and the migrant worker organizations that support them, connect with employers through a trusted source.

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