TORONTO, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Restaurants Canada (formerly the
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association) is disappointed with
Minister Kenney's decision to suspend the Temporary Foreign Worker
Program for the food services sector, and is committed to working with
the federal government to correct any abuses, restore the integrity of
the program and expedite our sector's access to it in regions of severe
The restaurant industry employs 1.1 million Canadians and is the number
one source of first-time jobs for young people. About 2 per cent of the
industry's employees are temporary foreign workers. In areas of the
country with severe labour shortages, the TFW program is vital,
allowing restaurants to remain in business, and to continue to provide
jobs for their Canadian employees.
The majority of restaurant operators using the program operate in
complete compliance and it is unfortunate that their businesses and
employees will be hurt by this broad-stroke approach. Albertans in
particular will remember what it was like a few years ago to find
restaurants closed because of a shortage of workers.
Restaurants Canada provides its members with ongoing updates and
checklists to facilitate their compliance with TFWP requirements, and
will continue to work with Minister Kenney and its members to ensure
the future viability of the program.
Restaurants Canada (formerly the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association) is 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
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