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Background Paper for the Federal Consultations of February 2013 on the TFW Program




Gouvernement du Canada


Through Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government announced that it will consider additional measures to ensure that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program supports Canada’s economic recovery and growth. An ongoing review is intended to identify areas where the program could be improved. It will seek to better align the program with labour market needs, in
part by ensuring that more employers look to the domestic labour force before hiring temporary foreign workers. It will also ensure that the program is serving Canadian interests by supporting key international agreements and partnerships.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) are seeking your input on what works well with the program and what needs to be improved, as well as both immediate and broader concerns that you may have related to the hiring and stay of temporary foreign workers in Canada.

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Agriculture and horticulture workers, Occupations in services - Domestic work, Sales and service occupations - general, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Dancers, Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations, Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations, Construction trades helpers and labourers, Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers, and Occupations in manufacturing and utilities - general

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