Recommendations from CFA roundtable on international workers

Speakers at event on farm workers

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture convened a day-long discussion in May 2018 focused on fostering trust and compliance in Canada’s international farm worker programs. The event was co-chaired by CFA President, Ron Bonnett, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Rodger Cuzner.

Discussions brought together a broad range of industry, departmental and elected officials to address fairness and efficiency within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, and featured a panel with key elected officials:

  • Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
  • Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture & Agri-food
  • Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Following in-depth conversations, participants talked about an array of proposed solutions to address specific concerns.

Three recommendations were repeatedly identified through this discussion, suggesting strong support from industry:

Read the summary report for an overview of outcomes, including lists of the specific interventions and initiatives that would help mitigate ongoing employer concerns and, ultimately, foster enhanced trust and compliance within the TFWP.

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