Restaurants furious over foreign workers program closure

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:02 PM ET

OTTAWA — Restaurants in Canada are worried they will have to close or scale back expansion plans in the wake of the government's decision to limit access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, said two major business lobby groups.

Joyce Reynolds, the executive VP of Restaurants Canada, said the program is "essential," particularly for companies operating in areas with labour shortages.

Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced Thursday that food service companies would be temporarily banned from using the program due to reports that firms were hiring foreign workers instead of Canadians hungry for jobs in the food service sector.


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