Delta: Employment Minister Randy Randy Boissonnault used a Metro Vancouver restaurant as a backdrop for his announcement this morning about a new pilot program covering temporary foreign workers.

Speaking in Delta, Boissonnault said the three-year pilot will encourage employers to follow worker-protection rules by making it easier for them to hire temporary foreign workers.

One of the changes overhauls paperwork for companies with a good track record — meaning they will only have to prove they require temporary foreign workers every three years, instead of every 18 months.

Agricultural companies can apply to join the pilot next month and all other participants will be eligible by January, but Boissonnault warned that employers accepted into the program will face a more rigorous upfront assessment. — Canadian Press

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