Apr 29, 2013

By AM740 Staff

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The Harper government is reversing controversial changes it made last year to the temporary foreign workers program.

The government now says employers will no longer be able to pay foreign workers up to 15 per cent less than the average Canadian in the same job.

And the Conservatives are also hitting pause on a program that fast-tracked the ability of some companies to bring in workers from outside Canada.

The government announced those two elements of the foreign worker program last year, saying they would help meet labour market demands and support the economy.

But after two companies were outed for using the program at the seeming expense of Canadian jobs, the government promised reforms.

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley says Canadians always need to have first crack at available jobs.


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