According to some news sourced from Radio Canada, the government of the province of Quebec, Canada would seek an exemption from a temporary ban on bringing in workers from abroad. Kathleen Weil, the new minister of immigration of Quebec, stated that she would like to have a meeting with the federal Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on Monday regarding this issue.
She expressed the apprehension that this kind of a blanket ban could affect their province badly. She also stated that she would like to have talks with the federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney to resolve the issues involved. She expressed the confidence that this matter will not become an issue and a hindrance by the time summer begins and that it will be resolved by then.
The government of Canada’s web site clearly states that the temporary foreign worker program has been put in place to hire and recruit alien nationals for short-term shortages of the labour force, when qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents are not present to fill them.
But, as regards the restaurant industry, the government has put in place a temporary ban in hiring foreign nationals for that segment, as a number of serious wrongdoings came to light.