Ottawa loosens restrictions on temporary foreign workers to address labor shortages

The federal government is making it easier to hire foreign workers to help restaurants, food processors, and other labor-strapped employers cope with elevated vacancy rates.

Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough announced a string of adjustments to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program that will ease restrictions and allow employers to bring in more low-wage workers from abroad.

Industry groups have been lobbying for the changes for months, warning that persistent staffing shortages were putting their operations at risk. In the food industry, for example, a coalition of industry groups has been calling for emergency access to more TFWs to help ward off deficiencies in the food supply.

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