Foreign worker changes could mean longer waits

But unions don’t think changes go far enough to protect Canadians, foreign workers
By Melissa Mancini
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/13/2013

The federal government has eliminated the accelerated labour market opinion (ALMO) and dropped an exception that allowed foreign workers to be paid 15 per cent less as part of changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program announced in the wake of recent headlines involving RBC.

RBC faced a media firestorm earlier this year after it signed an outsourcing deal with iGate that would eliminate about 45 positions. iGate was using workers brought in under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). Gord Nixon, the bank’s CEO, ended up issuing an apology via full-page ads in newspapers across the country.

The TFWP changes are worrisome, said Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Ottawa-based Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), who adds that members of the federation are angry and frustrated.