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New Protections Now in Place for Temporary Foreign Workers

Ensuring the health and safety of Temporary Foreign Workers while they are in Canada is a priority of the Federal Government.  New amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Temporary Foreign Workers) are now in force.  Thirteen new regulatory amendments include measures to strengthen protection for TFWs and will deter bad actors from participating in the program.

The amendments also improve the program’s ability to conduct inspections and administer appropriate consequences for those who do not follow the rules.

The new regulations will help to prevent mistreatment and abuse of TFWs during their stay in Canada by:

  • Mandating employers to provide temporary foreign workers with information about their rights in Canada;
  • Prohibiting reprisal by employers against workers who come forward with complaints;
  • Putting into regulation key requirements for all employers to provide reasonable access to health-care services, and for employers to provide health insurance when needed;
  • Prohibiting the charging of recruitment fees to workers; employers are accountable for the actions of recruiters in this regard.

In addition, employers are now required to provide reasonable access to health care services.  Employers using the TFW program are also required to provide private health insurance when needed.

With these changes, employers will be more aware of their responsibilities and program rules, which will lead to better protection of workers and increased program compliance. Employers who are found to be non-compliant with conditions for the TFW Program or the IMP are listed on a public-facing website.

In Canada, the rights of all workers—including temporary foreign workers—are protected by law. The International Mobility Program (IMP), administered by IRCC, sets requirements and conditions for hiring TFWs in Canada and issues open work permits to vulnerable employees who are experiencing unjust work environments so they can quickly find new employers.

Everyone deserves to work in dignity, in safety and in health.  With these changes, our Government is strengthening the protections for Temporary Foreign Workers in our community and elsewhere.

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