Foreign workers caught in government's program suspension

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney listens to MP Kellie Leitch...

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney listens to MP Kellie Leitch as she speaks to the media in Ottawa in this April 29, 2013 file photo. (Andre Forget/QMI Agency)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

OTTAWA — It's the foreign workers who are the big losers in the government's decision to suspend part of the temporary Foreign Workers Program, says a lobby group for migrants.

Foreigners who have paid fees to move to Canada are now in limbo and might lose their payments, said Syed Hussan of the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change.

Moreover, he said the migrants who are working in Canada in the food services sector can't change jobs, even if they are being abused by their employers.

In response to reports that food services companies were abusing the foreign workers program, Employment Minister Jason Kenney temporarily suspended their ability to access it, pending a government review.

The program was designed for companies to fill labour shortages in Canada with foreign workers. However, reports suggest abuses are widespread and companies are hiring foreign workers at the expense of Canadians.


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