Changes are needed to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker program in order to help mitigate impending labour shortages.
That’s the finding of a new research study by the Harris Centre’s Population Project.
The research, undertaken by Dr. Tony Fang and Dr. Keith Story includes employer interviews and statistics around the hiring of temporary foreign workers.
Lead researcher, Dr. Tony Fang says temporary foreign workers are important for employers in rural and remote areas such as Labrador where labour supply is unpredictable because of the boom/bust cycle.
He says the loss of the temporary foreign worker labour source has presented Labrador employers in particular with real challenges which are expected to become more acute as the population ages.