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Rules punish foreign workers: Critics

The proposed changes to Canada’s temporary foreign workers programreinforce a “disposable” workforce and further penalizes workersalready vulnerable to abuse, advocacy groups warn.

The proposed changes to Canada’s temporary foreign workers program reinforce a “disposable” workforce and further penalizes workers already vulnerable to abuse, advocacy groups warn.

The changes, announced by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney late last week, represent another setback for the 260,000 temporary foreign workers — many of them in clerical and manual jobs — because it limits their stay to four years and bans them from returning to Canada for at least six years, critics say.

“They are punishing the victims, not stopping the exploitation,” said Sonia Singh, a spokesperson for the Toronto-based Coalition for Change.

Critics say Canada is being sent backward in history to when labourers, like the Chinese rail workers, were brought here temporarily and then restricted when they were no longer needed.

 
 
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