January 18, 2021

Most Canadians support permanent immigration routes for temporary foreign workers

EST was released on January 2, 2021 at 04:00 AM

A new survey shows that most Canadians want temporary workers in the agricultural sector to become permanent residents.

Nanos research, A market and public opinion research firm conducted a random survey of 1,039 Canadians over the age of 18 from October 28 to November 1 this year.

The results show that more than eight in 10 Canadians support it Permanent resettlement plan Temporary foreign workers to stay in Canada. Support is strong in the Atlantic provinces, and weak in the Prairie provinces.

The majority of Canadians agree that Canada’s agricultural sector needs temporary foreign workers to enjoy the same benefits and protections as other workers. British Columbians often shared these views.

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More than eight in 10 Canadians say federal programs such as the Temporary Foreign Labor Program and the Seasonal Agricultural Labor Program have a positive impact on agriculture in Canada.

Ninety-seven percent of participants agreed that the agricultural sector was a major contributor to Canada’s economy.

Participants were approximately recruited by telephone using direct agents and administered a survey online. The margin plus or minus of error for this survey is 3.1 percentage points, 19 times 20.

The research was commissioned by Senator Rantha Omitwar and Senator Douglas Black.

The Immigration Minister points out additional routes for temporary residents

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration of Canada Mentioned to the media The federal government is looking at ways to provide additional avenues for permanent residence for temporary residents.

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It is not yet known what these paths will be, Mendicino suggested, focusing on workers who contribute to essential sectors of the economy. Especially those who work in occupations such as workers, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and support workers, where there are strict requirements in the workforce.

Corona virus protection measures, travel restrictions, etc. have reduced immigration to Canada. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s strategy for adopting immigration during epidemics is to prioritize applicants already in Canada. Thus, the federal government is raising immigration targets for more than 401,000 new permanent residents next year, up to 1.2 million over the next three years.

Canada already has a path to permanent residence for some agricultural workers Agricultural Food Immigration Pilot. This pilot program is for individuals working in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production and animal husbandry industries. Applications are open until May 14, 2023.

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