“Stiff new penalties for those who abuse the federal Temporary Foreign Workers Program are a concern for some in P.E.I.
The changes were announced by the federal government last week. The strictest penalties include a lifetime ban from the program and fines of up to $100,000 for each violation and up to one million dollars a year.
Changes to the appeal process will allow employers 30 days to respond to an investigation, but after that the dispute would have to go to court.”
“Thousands of temporary foreign workers will see their permits expire on Wednesday, and they’ll have to leave the country.
In 2011, the federal government changed the rules — giving temporary foreign workers in low-skilled jobs the option to apply to become permanent residents or leave the country after their permits expire.
But many of those who wish to stay are still waiting for the paperwork to be processed, leaving them in limbo.
Mary-Ann Salilican moved to Canada from the Philippines six years and six months ago, and she hoped to live out her life here.
“I’m scared,” she said. “I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I don’t want to go home for good.”
Salilican said she doesn’t think she’ll be able to find a job in the Philippines, which would mean the family she has been supporting for years will suffer.
“I always cry, because I don’t know what will happen to my life, and my niece and nephews who I support to go to school.” “