Foreign workers to gain choices

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Temporary foreign workers will get the chance to change employers under proposals the federal government has posted in the Canada Gazette.

It’s a change advocated by friends of temporary foreign workers, including the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario.

But the government stopped short of clearing a path for temporary foreign workers to gain permanent resident status and a step towards Canadian citizenship.

And foreign workers who want to change employers would need to find one within the sector, such as agriculture, stated in their permits.

The government said applications for temporary foreign workers increased by 25 per cent, coinciding with the lowest unemployment rate in 42 years.

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