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Protecting the Rights of Temporary Foreign Workers: A Look at Ontario's Proposed Legislation

As a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), I am committed to keeping you informed about the latest developments in Canadian immigration law. One such development that has recently caught my attention is the proposed Working for Workers Act, 2023, in Ontario. This proposed legislation is particularly significant for temporary foreign workers and their employers.

The Working for Workers Act, 2023 is currently being finalized by Ontario legislators. If approved, it will subject business owners who refuse to give their temporary foreign workers' passports to Canada's maximum fines. For each worker whose rights are infringed, the proposed fines for revocation of a foreign national's passport or work visa range from $100,000 to $200,000. If the proposed law is broken, offenders might be subject to a fine of up to $500,000, a year in jail, or both. Additionally, companies found guilty might face fines of up to $1 million.

This proposed legislation is a significant step towards protecting the rights of temporary foreign workers in Ontario. It sends a clear message to employers that the exploitation of foreign workers will not be tolerated. The hefty fines proposed under this legislation serve as a strong deterrent against such practices.

However, it's important to note that the proposed legislation is not yet law. Lawmakers are currently examining and debating it. As such, it may undergo changes before it is finally passed and becomes law.

As an RCIC, I am closely monitoring the progress of this proposed legislation. I believe it is crucial for both temporary foreign workers and their employers to be aware of their rights and responsibilities under Canadian immigration law. This proposed legislation, if passed, will undoubtedly have significant implications for both parties.

At Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services, we are committed to providing you with accurate and timely information about Canadian immigration law. We understand that navigating the complexities of immigration law can be challenging. That's why we're here to help.

If you are a temporary foreign worker in Canada or an employer of temporary foreign workers, it's important to understand how this proposed legislation could affect you. We encourage you to reach out to us for more information and guidance. We can help you understand your rights and responsibilities under Canadian immigration law and provide you with the support you need to navigate these complexities.

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