ANNOUNCEMENT 19 Feb 2016In February 2016, the government of Canada announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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According to press accounts, the government of Canada made a change in immigration rules on February 19, 2016 without a formal announcement or news release. Effective until the end of 2016, the approved exemption allows an employer in any seasonal industry to bring in an unlimited number of temporary foreign workers, provided the work period is less than 180 days. Employers must still make efforts to find Canadian workers. The measure is, according to one report (Globe and Mail), 'aimed at helping Atlantic Canadian seafood processors that will allow them to bring in unlimited numbers of low-skilled temporary foreign workers to fill seasonal jobs this year.' The government reportedly approved the exemption 'in response to lobbying from Atlantic seafood processors and Liberal 'members of Parliament', who warned that recent restrictions to the temporary foreign worker program were hampering business.' Temporary foreign workers in the Atlantic seafood industry reportedly come mostly from Jamaica, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, China and Mexico.