Quebec wants temp worker ban exemption

Canada's Employment and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Canada's Employment and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:19 PM ET

MONTREAL - The Quebec government will ask for an exemption from the temporary foreign worker ban.

The province's new immigration minister, Kathleen Weil, told Radio-Canada that she will meet with federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on Monday.

In the interview, Weil said that she feared "that a moratorium like this could really hurt us."

Weil also told Radio-Canada that she will have discussions with federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney to diffuse the situation.

"Hopefully we can find a quick solution so that this won't be an issue in the summer," she said.

According to the Government of Canada website, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program "allows Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals to fill temporary labour and skill shortages when qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents are not available."

After several scandals came to light, the federal government decided to put a moratorium on the hiring of temporary foreign workers in the restaurant industry.


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