At the end of September 2014, ESDC published a discussion paper, which proposed to implement an Administrative Monetary Penalty system for violations of the TFWP; penalties of up to $100,000.00 could be imposed under this new system. It also proposed to increase the maximum ban for employers who violate the TFWP from two years to ten years (a permanent ban was also being considered).
On April 24, 2014, Canada's Minister of Employment and Social Development announced an immediate moratorium on the Food Services Sector’s access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. As a result, Employment and Social Development Canada will no longer process any new or pending Labour Market Opinion ("LMO") applications related to the Food Services Sector. In addition, any unfilled positions tied to a previously approved LMO will be suspended.
On April 29, 2013, the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development ("HRSDC") and the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism announced that they would be introducing numerous changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Employment and Social Development Canada, formerly known as HRSDC, has now announced changes to the Labour Market Opinion application process, which are effective as of July 31, 2013.
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