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Farm Workers Exempt From New Rules

Anew cap on how long temporary foreign workers can work in Canada before having to return home will not apply to seasonal farm workers.

Changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), taking effect April 1 will not affect Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, the federal government said in a release Mar. 24.

The program is an international agreement meant to match workers from Mexico and Caribbean countries with Canadian farmers who need temporary support during planting and harvest.

The changes for non-farm workers will require that once a foreign worker under the TFWP has reached his or her four-year “cumulative duration” limit, he or she will not be granted another work permit in Canada for an additional four years.

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