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Policy Brief: Low-skill temporary work and non-access to permanent residence

Tatiana Gomez
June 2011

An agricultural worker prepares ears of corn for shipping.

In recent years, temporary foreign migration programs in Canada have expanded beyond the agricultural and caregiving sectors, allowing employers in a variety of areas, such as the restaurant, hotel and construction industries, to recruit temporary foreign workers. An unprecedented number of migrant workers have been admitted to Canada, creating two tiers of temporary foreign workers: those who can apply for permanent residence and those who cannot. This policy brief discusses the implications of temporary foreign migration policy and regulatory frameworks for low-skill workers from Latin America and the Caribbean and argues that all workers, regardless of skill, could be given access to permanent residence to equalize opportunities.

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