Friday, Apr 29,2016
Canada tightens issuance of work permits

The Canadian government has tightened the issuance of work permits to foreign workers, including Filipinos, to ensure that Canadian jobseekers are given priority for available jobs, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said

She said regulations on Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) will be carried out following an announcement Canadian Employment Minister Jason Kenney.

Canada is introducing legislative amendments to give the federal government the authority to levy monetary fines on employers who break the rules of the program and to help ensure that it is used as a temporary source of labor as a last resort when Canadians are not available.

The new measures give the government with the authority to conduct inspections to make sure employers are meeting the conditions of the program; ban non-compliant employers from the program and immediately add their names to a public list; revoke or suspend Labor Market Opinions , a basic document required of employers to certify a vacancy in employment position that a local workers has not filled up with an expression of intent to employ a named foreign worker; require employers to pay temporary foreign workers the prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility; and introduce fees for employers for the processing of LMOs and increase the fees for work permits so that the taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the costs.

Baldoz instructed Hans Leo Cacdac of the Philippine Overseas Employment to update Filipino workers and licensed recruitment agencies on the restrictions even as she warned jobseekers to avoid being victimized by illegal recruiters.

by Vito Barcelo at ManilaStandardToday

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