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McDonald’s Canada halts Temporary Foreign Worker Program

April 24 2014

McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited temporarily halted all “labour market opinions” in its system, according to a press release from the company.

“McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited has been in close communication with Employment and Social Development Canada regarding our use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program,” the release stated. “As a direct result of those discussions we made our own decision to voluntarily freeze all labour market opinions in our system on a temporary basis.”

Earlier this month, the department ordered an investigation of Nasib Services Inc., a McDonald’s franchise owner in Victoria, B.C., for allegedly breaking the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. To read about the investigation, click here.

McDonald’s Canada said its decision does not affect the company’s current temporary foreign workers who have approved LMOs and work permits, and it plans to continue participating in the program moving forward.

The company counts more than 1,400 restaurants in Canada, or which 268 employ temporary foreign workers. Temporary foreign workers account for approximately 4 percent of it 85,000 employees nationwide.

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