Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program worse than I thought!

One week ago today, the St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce hosted the latest in a series of roundtable discussions for local businesses who use, and who will be adversely affected by changes to, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.  Both my office and the Chamber Office have been inundated by concerns and questions regarding Employment Minister Jason Kenney’s knee-jerk reactionary response to some admittedly serious, but infrequent, misuses of the program. We heard from a variety of employers, both medium and small and from a variety of sectors.  We heard from health care, construction, hoteliers, retail, an industrial bakery and of course the fast food/ restaurant industry.  All have acute human resource challenges; all will be adversely affected by being forced to scale their TFW component to 10% of the workforce and by raising the application fee to $1000 per proposed worker. The situation is even grimmer than I…