Ban on foreign workers could hurt specialty restaurants

Amane Kanai, manager of Globefish Sushi in Calgary, is concerned about the new rules governing...

Amane Kanai, manager of Globefish Sushi in Calgary, is concerned about the new rules governing temporary foreign workers, April 26, 2014. (Mike Drew/QMI Agency)

Bill Kaufmann, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:30 PM ET

CALGARY ─ The federal government’s abrupt ban on using temporary foreign workers in restaurants has some Calgary eateries fearing they'll be starved for specialized staff.

Shortly after vowing to crack down on businesses exploiting his government's temporary foreign worker (TFW) program on Thursday, federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced he's indefinitely suspending its restaurant portion.

Amane Kanai said the surprise move's a hard one to swallow, forcing his Globefish restaurant group to eliminate one day of operation a week starting next month.

"Thirty percent of my staff are foreign workers, so it's very, very important -- they're part of our success" said Kanai, who's the general manager of the sushi joints.


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