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December 18, 2014
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CLC seeks justice, fairness for migrant workers

On December 18, we join with migrant workers and their families in Canada and around the world, in observing International Migrants Day. On this day, we again call on the federal government to eliminate this country’s legalized discrimination against migrant workers—because all workers have a right to fair and safe working conditions, and all workers’ basic human rights must be…
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December 8, 2014
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Labour Mobility in Canada: Issues and Policy Recommendations

Executive Summary Labour mobility refers to the free movement of workers between provinces, regions, or countries. When labour mobility between two jurisdictions is high, a worker in one can easily cross the border to deliver services in the other. High labour mobility is economically efficient, because workers can move to where they are most needed. However, there are many barriers…
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November 20, 2014
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The Government of Canada should be improving access to permanent residency for migrant caregivers instead of restricting it

“The federal government must stop toying with migrant workers’ hopes and dreams, and extend permanent residency on arrival to newcomers arriving to do caring work in Canada,” said Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. Right now, Live-in Caregivers have to put up with low wages, isolation, and sometimes dangerous working conditions for 2 years before they can apply…
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June 20, 2014
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Temporary Foreign Worker program

Today’s announcement regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker program is the latest rescue mission for a program that is deeply flawed and needs to be replaced, not saved. It’s time to put the focus on long-term solutions for meeting Canada’s skilled labour needs and phase out the parts of this program that are being abused – in particular the low-skills, low-wage part…
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April 25, 2014
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Ottawa right to suspend TFWP in fast food sector: Georgetti says employers abusing migrant worker program

OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress says the federal government has done the right thing in suspending use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) for employers in the fast-food restaurant sector.  “These employers have been abusing the TFWP and it is high time that the government took action,” says CLC president Ken Georgetti. “My question is why it took…
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April 17, 2014
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CLC wants full review of TFWP: Georgetti comments on hiring practices at McDonald’s franchises

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has called for a “full, open and transparent review” of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) in the wake of media stories describing hiring and staffing practices at a number of McDonald’s restaurants. “The labour movement has been saying for years that the TFWP is being abused by employers,” says CLC…
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January 21, 2014
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Response to the Proposed Regulatory Changes Amending the Immigration and Refugee Act as it Relates to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Introductory comments  Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is seriously broken. The proposed regulatory changes do not go far enough to address the TFWP shortcomings. The programs have grown to epic proportions with no meaningful oversight or authentic measures to hold employers, labour brokers or immigration consultants accountable. The program is serving as a wage suppression and displacement tool, negatively…
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January 20, 2014
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How the Conservatives expanded the temporary worker pipeline

For decades, Canada has relied on migrant workers to help develop the economy. Many come through the government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). This program was intended to fill very specific jobs on a short term basis—jobs that required workers and skills that did not exist in the country.   But since 2006, the Harper government has made it much…
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August 9, 2013
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Tinkering won’t fix TFWP’s flaws: Georgetti on changes to foreign worker program

OTTAWA ― The Conservative government’s announced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) amount to tinkering and fail to address fundamental flaws with the program, says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. “The government is trying to patch gaping holes in the integrity of the TFWP with half-hearted reforms,” says Georgetti, “but this falls far short of…
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May 10, 2013
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Migrant workers account for most new jobs: CLC has crunched numbers between 2008-2011

OTTAWA ― New research conducted by the Canadian Labour Congress shows that in recent years migrant workers are filling most of the new jobs created in the Canadian economy. “Roughly 75% of the new jobs created in Canada in 2010 and 2011 were filled by temporary foreign workers despite the fact that 1.4 million Canadian residents were unemployed,” says Ken…
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