Saturday, February 12, 2011

New foreign farm worker rules to boost employer responsibilities | Alberta Farmer

New foreign farm worker rules to boost employer responsibilities Alberta Farmer

New TFW regulations

Further to amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), made pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, for the first time in Canada, employers of TFWs will be held responsible for not only their own non-compliance thereto, but also the non-compliance of their TFW employees as well.

The penalties for non-compliance will be harsh: businesses found to be in non-compliance may be barred from hiring any more TFWs for two full years, and may also have their business names published on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website as a further warning to future TFW applicants. Even worse, at present, there is no appeal mechanism for challenging/removing a business from the list of banned businesses once a non-compliance determination has been made.

The new regulations are the culmination of efforts by the CIC to confront the problem of exploitation of TFWs in Canada, implement a regime of stricter employer accountability in order to encourage greater adherence to the program's regulations, and ensure the temporary nature of the program.

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