VANCOUVER, April 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The restaurant industry in Canada
employs more than 1.1 million people, and is committed to hiring
Canadians first. In fact, 98 per cent of restaurant industry employees
are Canadian and two per cent are temporary foreign workers.
Restaurants Canada (formerly the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association) expects all of its members who use the TFW program to be
in full compliance with the rules. The association supports recent
government amendments aimed at ensuring the program is used for the
purpose intended - to hire foreign workers only after extensive effort
to hire Canadians for available jobs.
"We are committed to protecting the credibility and integrity of the TFW
program so that it continues to be available to our members in areas of
labour shortage," says Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada's vice
president for Western Canada.
"Employers use the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in certain areas of
the country, primarily Western Canada, where they are having difficulty
staffing their establishments due to a shortage of available labour.
Without the TFW program, some businesses would have to shut their doors
or curtail their hours, which means fewer jobs for Canadians."
Restaurants Canada continues to work closely with government to ensure
its members understand the evolving regulations of the TFW program, and
the steps they need to take to be in compliance.
Restaurants Canada s a national association comprising 30,000 businesses
in every segment of the foodservice industry, including restaurants,
bars, caterers, institutions and their suppliers. Through advocacy,
research, and member programs and services, Restaurants Canada is
dedicated to helping its members in every community grow and prosper.
Canada's restaurant industry directly employs more than 1.1 million
Canadians, contributes $68 billion a year to the Canadian economy, and
serves more than 18 million customers every day.
SOURCE: Restaurants Canada
For further information:
Mark von Schellwitz, VP Western Canada
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Prasanthi Vasanthakumar, Communications Specialist
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