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Government of Canada cracks down on abuse of Temporary Foreign Worker Program
Apr 07, 2014 at 04:22 PM

Employers who break the rules have labour market opinions suspended or revoked and are placed on public blacklist

April 7, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Employment and Social Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, announced the Government has publically listed employers who have had their labour market opinions (LMOs) revoked or suspended. The LMOs issued to The Boathouse Restaurant in Fenelon Falls, Ontario have been revoked, and LMOs issued to Jungle Jim’s Restaurant and Greco Pizza in Labrador, Newfoundland and to McDonald’s Restaurant franchises in Victoria, British Columbia have been suspended.

The Government of Canada recently introduced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program allowing the Government to suspend or revoke the LMOs of employers found to be, or suspected to be, non-compliant with program requirements. The names of employers whose LMOs are suspended or revoked will also be added to a new public “blacklist.”

The Government is using its authority to suspend and revoke LMOs when the program is being misused or when employers do not use the program as intended.

A revoked LMO can no longer be used by a temporary foreign worker to obtain a work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). In addition, CIC may also revoke any outstanding work permits. A suspended LMO cannot be used by a temporary foreign worker to obtain a work permit from CIC while a thorough investigation is being completed. Any employer with a suspended LMO who is found to have broken the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program following the investigation will have their LMO revoked.

As announced in Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government is continuing to take action to reform the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to ensure that Canadians are always first in line for available jobs. Most recently, the Government of Canada announced plans to introduce legislative amendments through Budget Implementation Act 1 to give the Government the authority to levy significant fines on employers who break the rules of the program.

Quick facts

Previous Government of Canada action to ensure employers are meeting the conditions of the program includes:

  • conducting on-site inspections to make sure employers are meeting the conditions of the program;
  • banning non-compliant employers from the program for two years and immediately adding their names to a public "blacklist”;
  • requiring employers who legitimately rely on temporary foreign workers due to a lack of qualified Canadian applicants to have a plan to transition to a Canadian workforce over time;
  • requiring employers to pay temporary foreign workers at the prevailing wage by removing the existing wage flexibility;
  • adding questions to employer LMO applications to ensure that the program is not used to facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs;
  • introducing fees for employers for LMO processing, and increasing the fees for work permits, so that hard-working taxpayers are no longer subsidizing these costs;
  • making English and French the only languages that can be used as a job requirement when hiring through the temporary foreign workers process;
  • suspending the Accelerated Labour Market Opinion process; and
  • introducing significant financial penalties for employers who break the rules (Budget Implementation Act 1).


  • The blacklist of employers who have broken the rules or been suspended
  • Statement by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development (April 6, 2014)
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program New Regulations and Ministerial Instructions
  • Harper Government announces reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program - Ensuring Canadians have first chance at available jobs (April 29, 2013)
  • Further improvements to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (August 7, 2013)
  • Further reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (December 28, 2013)

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Minister Blaney renews funding for hazardous materials training for first responders
Apr 07, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Federal government to extend the program until 2016

April 7, 2014 – Ottawa – Public Safety Canada

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced a funding extension to the International Association of Fire Fighters, Canada (IAFF/Canada) to deliver hazardous materials response training until 2016.

As part of its mandate in exercising leadership in emergency management, Public Safety Canada coordinates emergency management activities, including training, among government institutions and in cooperation with the provinces, territories and other organizations.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2008, Public Safety Canada has committed $500,000 per year to IAFF/Canada to develop and deliver the training program to first responders, including fire fighters, police, and paramedics nationwide.
  • This nationally accredited program provides course material and trained qualified instructors, and offers certified training at the HazMat Awareness and Operations levels for participants.
  • Over the past six years, Public Safety Canada’s investment has resulted in hazardous materials training for more than 1,800 first responders from more than 190 rural and urban communities across Canada in partnership with IAFF/Canada.
  • IAFF/Canada is an organization that represents over 21,700 professional fire fighters in Canada.

“Today is a great day for first responders and public safety in Canada. This funding extension is a testament to the quality of our program and our instructors, and the role of the IAFF as a leader in public safety. Hundreds more first responders will be able to protect Canada’s citizens and its infrastructure thanks to our continuing partnership with the Government of Canada.”
- IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger

IAFF Canada

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March 2014 Newsletter
Mar 31, 2014 at 12:00 AM

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