By Justin Farrar, The Canadian Press October 25, 2018 12:16:04 Immigrant workers are being sent back to their countries of origin after their visa status changed because of a backlog of H2b visas.
But the temporary changes also created a shortage of work visas, which are used to help bring in skilled workers.
A report by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says Canada had more than 1.3 million temporary foreign workers as of last December, up from almost 1.2 million in August.
More than 100,000 of those were in the temporary foreign worker program, or H2Bs, as it’s known.
The numbers have been rising for the past few years.
In 2016, the government issued an update to the H2A visa, which was intended to allow employers to hire H2 workers with a “bona fide occupational qualification” from the U.S. The government said it had received 3.4 million applications for temporary foreign work visas since 2016.
It said the H1B visa program has seen a similar increase, with more than 6 million applications in 2017 and 4.5 million in 2018.
The Immigration Department also said it has “a backlog of over 7,000” temporary foreign visas, and it expects to take more than 12,000 applications a month through early 2019.
The department said the backlog is due to the “complexity and complexity of the H-1B program.”
The report said temporary foreign labour programs were designed to help employers bring in workers with “a genuine occupational qualification,” which could be a job, or it could be part of a training program.
But many of those applicants weren’t working, according to the report.
It also noted that the backlog of temporary foreign labourers is “not sustainable.”
“A significant number of temporary workers are not available to be employed by employers, particularly in sectors with low labour productivity, such as agriculture, hospitality and food services,” the report said.
“In many cases, the temporary workers have been brought to Canada to fill in as temporary foreign service workers in the event that the employer cannot find skilled Canadian workers to fill those positions.”
Some employers said they were reluctant to hire temporary foreign employees because they are not familiar with the Canadian labour market.
But Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Canada needs more temporary foreign jobs.
“We need to have people coming into this country, in this country,” Kenney told reporters in Ottawa on Thursday.
“And the problem is, we’re not.
We have a huge backlog.”
Kenney also defended the government’s decision to give the temporary work visas to workers with U.K. citizenship.
He said there are people who have been able to come to Canada legally without a visa for a long period of time, and some employers who don’t want to hire people from the United Kingdom.
“The problem is we’re putting in a lot of barriers for them to come in,” Ken.
Kenney pointed to a program in the U,S.
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