Additional Improvements Made to Temporary Foreign Workers Program

    Retailers Pleased with Government's Commitment to Dealing with Labour

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) welcomed the
announcement made today by the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development Canada, and the Honourable Colin Hansen,
Minister of Economic Development for British Columbia, on the additional
changes made to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.
    RCC is pleased that Retail Sales Persons and Sales Clerks were included
on the list of 12 occupations that will be receiving faster approvals.
    "We are very impressed with the hands-on, efficient approach taken by the
federal government and the B.C. government on the issue of labour shortages,"
says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada.
"Retailers all over the country and most acutely in British Columbia and
Alberta are facing unprecedented staffing challenges."
    RCC has strongly advocated at both the federal and provincial levels for
improvements to address the labour shortage challenge. For instance, RCC
believes that fiscal rules should be altered to encourage a longer
participation by older Canadian workers and efforts should be made to ensure
that the Temporary Foreign Workers Program is a clear part of the government's
broader national immigration strategy to address the long-term labour needs of
the Canadian economy."
    "RCC is very encouraged by today's announcement," adds Brisebois.
"Minister Solberg has stated from the onset that there was no magic bullet to
solving this issue and has continually been true to his word in delivering
improvements and realistic solutions for the business community."

    About Retail Council of Canada

    Retail Council of Canada ( is the Voice of Retail.
It is a not-for-profit association representing more than 40,000 stores of all
retail formats, including independent merchants, regional and national mass
and specialty chains, and online merchants.

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