Temporary Foreign Workers

Canada will be forced to grant work permits to an unlimited number of temporary foreign workers (TFW) who are nationals of the other member countries under the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to the final text of the deal released today.

The Canadian government will also not be able to impose any tests or certification as conditions of granting entry to Canada to work for the temporary foreign workers.

Section 12-A. Canada Temporary Entry for Business Persons states:

Canada shall grant temporary entry and provide a work permit or work authorization to Professionals and Technicians and will not:
(a) require labour certification tests or other procedures of similar intent as a condition for temporary entry; or
(b) impose or maintain any numerical restriction relating to temporary entry.

The government will also be forced to issue work permits to spouses of the TFWs coming under the TPP.

Canada shall grant temporary entry and provide a work permit or work authorization to spouses of Professionals and Technicians of another Party where that Party has also made a commitment in its schedule for spouses of Professionals and Technicians, and will not:
(a) require labour certification tests or other procedures of similar intent as a condition for temporary entry; or
(b) impose or maintain any numerical restriction relating to temporary entry.

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The math

Temporary foreign workers provide corporations with cheaper, more disposable labour, increasing their profits.

TFWs can be beneficial for Canada when there are a surplus of jobs that need filling. When there is already unemployment and TFWs mean Canadians are left unemployed, there is an extra financial burden on Canada’s governments to provide funding to cover EI and social assistance for the unemployed Canadians.

If corporations are not made responsible for housing and social integration, this burden will also fall on the government.