Kenney to consider local exemptions to TFW program after provincial complaints

CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) — Employment Minister Jason Kenney said Friday he’s willing to consider “local exemptions” to his recent overhaul of the temporary foreign worker program.

Kenney said he’ll consider changes in specific areas with very low levels of unemployment in regions with a higher level.

But Kenney made it clear he won’t compromise on the core goal of his controversial overhaul to the program: Making sure employers don’t use it as a cheap source of labour when they could be hiring unemployed Canadians.

“I did reiterate that these important changes are designed to ensure that Canadians always come first in our job market and that the temporary foreign worker program is only a last, limited and temporary resort,” Kenney said in Charlottetown after a meeting with provincial labour ministers…

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