Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Kellie Leitch, says no changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker program will be forthcoming between now and the October election.
Leitch was in Jasper as a guest of the Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce on July 10. She spoke to a crowd of approximately 50 business leaders and professionals at Pyramid Lake Resort.
“The Prime Minister’s been very clear: Canadians come first for Canadian jobs,” Leitch said. Mountain Park Lodges General Manager Bernhard Schneider had pressed Leitch on creating exemptions for tourism-dependent communities to rules which make it difficult to access Temporary Foreign Workers.
"Every valued foreign worker we have lost since the changes in 2014 we have not been able to replace,” Schneider said. “We need government to have a better understanding of operational needs.”
Leitch said that Citizenship and Immigration Canada has increased the number of people available to the provincial nominee program. Moreover, she said there needs to be a perspective shift for young people.
“We need to be educating them about opportunities, whether that’s at Tim Horton’s or McDonald’s…entering at the bottom level gives them an idea of what it takes to be successful…it’s not just about having temporary foreign workers, it’s also about making sure young Canadians understand there’s a great career path in the food and beverage and hospitality industries.”