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Canada / Ottawa rushes to reform foreign-worker program

Faced with continuing criticisms that foreigners are taking jobs away from Canadians, the Conservative government is rushing to make reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, with officials working to include changes in the upcoming budget bill.

However the government’s new-found sense of urgency – which was clearly expressed last week by Prime Minister Stephen Harper – is making employer groups nervous.

“Given the negative press and the comments of the Prime Minister and others, we are worried about a potential pull back on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which is incredibly vital and has been a godsend for many small companies, particularly in Western Canada,” said Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

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via Employers nervous about Ottawa’s rush to reform foreign-worker program – The Globe and Mail.

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