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In the early- and mid-2000s, the TFWP expanded to include lower-skilled occupations.
Changes to the TFWP in 2002 and 2006 expanded the program to include low-and medium-skilled occupations, including construction, retail, hospitality and general labour (Fudge and McPhail 2009).
Canada's Economic Action Plan 2014 states that Canada continues to experience significant skills shortages in many sectors and regions, and the TFWP helps to fill genuine and acute labour needs in order to create more opportunities for Canadians, but not at the cost of displacing Canadian workers.
"We think this merits the government taking a fresh look at the TFWP and other options like using the permanent immigration system to help employers that are desperate for workers, and just can't attract the staff they need locally."
Moreover, the reforms will ensure the TFWP is only used as intended, "as a last and limited resort to fill acute labour shortages on a temporary basis when qualified Canadians are not available."
Prior to the TFWP, most newcomers entered Canada as landed immigrants who could eventually qualify for citizenship.
The fourth program--the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)--is a more general program than the other three programs.
When there are no Canadians to fill job openings, employers often look to bring in workers from abroad through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
(19) Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) during the early 2000s facilitated the use of low-skill migrant workers in construction, leading to large influxes, particularly in Alberta, as outlined in the article by Foster and Barnetson.
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