McDonald’s noted that prior to the new rules, only four per cent of its 85,000 employees nationwide were temporary foreign workers — but in Alberta, they made up 23 per cent of its employees.
Here in Alberta, most of the students that I teach and tutor are here as temporary foreign workers, or as family members of a TFW. Most of these people are leaving economic difficulties behind, and they generally hope to become Canadian residents. However, employers often having them working 6-7 days/week, and many of these workers have almost no opportunity to use or improve English. Obtaining permanent residency is a very big challenge, because workers must find time to improve their English enough to pass language proficiency tests. 2015 will almost certainly bring new rules for TFWs, and for Canadian residency. What will those rules be?