Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) PROGRAM REFORMS

The federal government announced major reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker program on June 20, 2015. While the official moratorium for the foodservice sector has been lifted, the changes make the program unavailable to or prohibitively expensive for many foodservice employers who are short staffed.

A summary of the changes is on the Government of Canada website.

Read Restaurants Canada’s press release.

Since the new rules were announced, Restaurants Canada’s Garth Whyte, Luc Erjavec and Mark von Schellwitz have discussed our industry’s concerns with Minister Jason Kenney on three separate occasions. Read our letter to Minister Kenney and Minister Chris Alexander calling for a meeting to discuss a comprehensive labour strategy.

Read about our support for stronger, fairer penalties and a review of the TFWP reforms.

Find out how you can connect with immigrant job-seekers.

How we’re helping members manage labour shortages and TFWP changes. Take the survey, read FAQs and learn about alternative labour pools.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Impact of TFWP changes

Restaurants Canada members: Tell us how reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are affecting your business.  For example, have you had to reduce hours/days of operation, cut hours or jobs for Canadian staff due to fewer shifts, consolidate businesses, or put expansion plans on hold?  Email us with your comments.

Helping members manage these changes

Restaurants Canada is working on a number of initiatives to help members manage these changes and hire suitable employees.