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Changes planned for temporary worker rules

Published by Steve Coleman on April 25, 2012

The federal government has planned changes for companies caught in a bind looking for enough skilled workers to get the job done.

Changes planned for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program mean employers who can't find domestic skilled labour to fill a position could have easier access to temporary foreign workers.

The big change to the system will be for employers eligible for an Accelerated-Labour Market Opinion (A-LMO) from the federal government. Companies in need should be able to get the help within 10 business days.

"This improvement is a direct result of consultations that were held with employers to discuss concerns with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and seek ideas on improving it. Going forward, our government will consider additional measures to strengthen and improve the program, so employers can get skilled workers when no Canadians are available," said Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism in a news release. "A fast and flexible economic immigration system combined with a strong Temporary Foreign Worker Program will sustain Canada's economic growth and deliver prosperity for the future."

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