Category Archives: Public Policy

Government Announces Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

The ECLC provides assistance to low-income temporary foreign workers (TFWs) with a variety of legal issues, including employment standards, residential tenancy matters, small claims, debt, human rights, and of course, immigration. On June 20, 2014 Jason Kenney (Minister of Employment … Continue reading

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Moratorium on the Issuance of Labour Market Opinions for Food Services Sector Occupations

On April 24, 2014, the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Jason Kenney, issued a statement “announcing an immediate moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program” in response to the media frenzy … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Panhandling and Robbery: A Response to McKay-Panos’ ABlawg Post of January 18, 2013

Two weeks ago, published an interesting case comment by Linda McKay-Panos on a recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision clarifying the distinction between aggressive panhandling and robbery. McKay-Panos examines the Court’s reasoning and findings, and concludes that the line … Continue reading

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Protecting the Vulnerable from Unscrupulous Recruiters: Alberta’s Employment Agency Business Licensing Regulation

In her May 30, 2012 post, my colleague, Tiffany Stokes, referred to new rules being implemented by the Government of Alberta, which may work to curtail illegal recruitment of temporary foreign workers (TFWs). These new rules – formally known as … Continue reading

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Class Action Certified and Other TFW News

On March 5, 2012, the British Columbia Supreme Court certified a class action lawsuit involving current and former temporary foreign workers for Denny’s Restaurants in the case of  Dominguez v. Northland Properties Corporation, 2012 BCSC 328 (CanLII). There are approximately … Continue reading

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