Last week, the AHLA had the opportunity to provide feedback about proposed changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to Uttara Chauhan (Director, Policy and Program Design, Employment and Social Development Canada) and Jordan Thompson (Acting Director, Temporary Resident Policy and Programs, Department of Citizenship and Immigration).
The proposed changes would allow employees to leave for any reason at any time. While AHLA members support allowing employees to leave negligent and harmful employers, we are concerned with this proposed policy. As employers are investing a significant amount of time, money, and other resources in temporary foreign workers and their careers, providing workers with the ability to leave without just cause is counterproductive and unfair to the employer.
While the AHLA welcomes amendments to the TFWP, we believe the changes as proposed will not help to achieve an efficient and effective program. The AHLA believes there are better strategies to support both workers and employers.