Reforms to the program include:

Barring employers from hiring low-wage temporary foreign workers in regions where the unemployment rate is above six per cent.

A cap of 10 per cent on the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers employers can hire per work site by 2016.

The cap will be gradually phased in, starting at 30 per cent effective immediately, then reduced to 20 per cent on July 1, 2015, and 10 per cent a year later in 2016.

An increase in the number of inspections: one in four employers will be inspected each year. The government says it will hire approximately 20 more inspectors, bringing the number to about 60.
An increase from $275 to $1,000 in the application fee employers must pay per worker requested, effective immediately.

Fines of up to $100,000 for employers who abuse the program, starting in fall.

Additional funding for the Canada Border Services Agency so it can pursue more criminal investigations.

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