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PROPOSED CHANGES TO CANADA'S
TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM

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On September 19, 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources (HUMA) presented its report and recommendations, proposing changes to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFW). We now ask that you lend your voice to the conversation.

We believe a renewed national TFW program will provide additional options for businesses and regions striving to meet labour
 market demands. Having access to a skilled workforce will be crucial for Nova Scotia's tourism industry to meet its economic target of $4 Billion in annual revenues by 2024. 

Highlights from the report, related to the Tourism Industry include:  

- Maintaining the TFW cap at 20%, but with exemptions for employers in resorts, remote and/or seasonal regions;
- Review of application fees and processing times;
- Providing multi-entry visas for TFW employees;
- Improving the quality of labour market data;
- Expanding skills-based immigration programs to include work in lower-wage industries.

While the Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council (NSTHRC) and the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) support the report’s recommendations, we believe some adjustments need to be made to the employment threshold criteria which is currently putting some regions at a disadvantage. View NSTHRC/TIANS letter below.

Industry Stakeholders are encouraged to contact their local MP to indicate support for a new TFW program, and also request changes to the employment threshold criteria.  

We urge your participation in this important conversation around the tourism labour market.

Thank you.

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Please send feedback to your local MP by December 31st, and copy the individuals below on all correspondence.

Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development & Labour
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Hon. John McCallum
Minister of Immigration. Refugees and Citizenship
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Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia
(TIANS)
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