Foreign-worker changes concern immigration lawyers, business

Proposed restriction for use in ‘high-unemployment regions’ raises eyebrows.

Embassy Photo: Sam Garcia
Employment Minister Jason Kenney has partial authority over the Temporary Foreign Worker Program along with Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.
Peter Mazereeuw
Published: Wednesday, 02/19/2014 12:00 am EST
Last Updated: Wednesday, 02/19/2014 5:38 pm EST

A promise in last week’s federal budget to limit the use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in “high-unemployment regions” is furrowing the brows of immigration lawyers and the Indian high commissioner, who say a high unemployment rate doesn’t necessarily mean in-demand skilled workers are available in a given area.

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