Canada's fast-food industry's access to the embattled Temporary Foreign Worker Program has been suspended.
The moratorium is being imposed on any new or pending applications related to the food services sector. A statement from Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the suspension will remain in place pending a government review of the program and allegations of abuse.
Kenney made the announcement after the federal government's program took another hit Thursday, this time from the C.D. Howe Institute.
Companies have been accused of using the program, originally intended to fill skill shortages where Canadians weren't available, to hire lower-paid and/or more pliable workers from abroad.
But the Ottawa-based, nonpartisan economic think tank has just issued a report saying there's evidence the program has had an adverse impact on the unemployment rate in Alberta and British Columbia, two provinces with a high percentage of temporary foreign workers.
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