Recent changes to Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) may improve worker safety in Fort McMurray’s oil sands.
The reforms, announced in June, include limiting the number of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in some workplaces, raising fees employers must pay to use the program, and heftier fines – up to $100,000 – for companies caught abusing the program.
The changes will roll out over the next two years. While provincial governments enforce occupational health and safety regulations, the federal program’s reforms will ripple through those jurisdictions.
According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), there were 338,189 TFWs living in Canada as of December 1, 2012. There were 70,000 TFWs in Alberta.