Employing Foreign Workers – Industry News

Temporary foreign worker changes side-swipe fashion industry

Canada’s fashion industry appears to be the latest sector of the economy side-swiped by changes announced earlier this summer to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Fashion industry companies that hire foreign models say they have been lumped into the same category as employers who hire low-skilled workers in the fast-food industry. Canadian retailers, modelling agencies, photographers and hundreds of other members of the fashion industry are calling on the federal government to expedite applications to bring in foreign models and eliminate the $1,000 fee employers must pay for every foreign worker they hire. [Read more…]  

Temporary foreign worker rules deliver financial blow to ski hills

Visa costs for foreign ski instructors will be a significant burden for Alberta ski resorts adapting to stricter rules for hiring temporary foreign workers, industry members say. Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced tougher rules for temporary foreign workers earlier this year after abuses of the program in the hospitality sector were revealed. Employers must now pay a $1,000 processing fee for each foreign worker visa application and face tougher applicant assessments, sparking outcry from industries that claim they are being unfairly targeted. [Read more…]  

Feds pledge millions to help foreign skilled workers find jobs in BC

Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says it’s an unacceptable waste that skilled workers who come to Canada can’t find jobs. In West Vancouver today, Kenney announced a $3.3 million funding package for the BC government to improve the recognition of foreign credentials, helping more of those immigrants find work. The cash is slated to fund over 30 projects that will help remove barriers faced by newcomers who are trained overseas, with a particular focus in BC on the energy and resource sectors. [Read more…]  

Hiring foreign: A local perspective

Without temporary foreign workers, many daily conveniences will fall by the wayside, and Canadians will be left to pay the bill, said Rob Chiasson, owner of the four St. Albert McDonald’s franchises. Chiasson spoke before members of the St. Albert Rotary Club Friday morning. He expects Canada’s economy will see a ripple effect of changes stemming from reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker program. And these changes will affect Canada’s ability to attract other high-skilled workers, and the general cost of living, he said. “As we endeavour to attract high-skilled workers to Alberta to drive the economy both in Alberta and for the entire country, these high-skilled workers will expect more than a paycheque,” he said. [Read more…]  

Canmore restaurants dealing with staff shortage

Some Canmore restaurants are being forced to cut back on services or cut their hours because of a staff shortage. Tavern 1883 recently cancelled plans for a weekend brunch because of a staff shortage. At least two other local restaurants are now closed two days a week. Chef Tony Woodrow at Tavern 1883 says three of his staff live in a tent. Plenty of people are applying for jobs in his kitchen, but they can’t find a place to live. [Read more…]    

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