OTTAWA – Today, the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, launched the Recognized Employer Pilot (REP) under the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program. REP is a three-year initiative that will help to address labour shortages and reduce the administrative burden for repeat employers participating in the program who demonstrate a history of complying with program requirements.
FVGC Executive Director, Rebecca Lee expressed her satisfaction with this announcement, “Today’s announcement is a testament to the collective efforts and relentless advocacy of the FVGC community. We have long emphasized the importance of recognizing employers with a proven track record within the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The Recognized Employer Pilot promises to alleviate many administrative challenges, allowing growers to focus on what they do best – feeding our nation.”
Beth Connery, the FVGC National Labour Chair, emphasized, “It’s paramount that we prioritize the protection and well-being of international farm workers who play a critical role in our industry. The Canadian fruit and vegetable sector is committed to diligently complying with labour standards and appreciates the steps the Government has taken to ensure that international workers are protected.”
“The Recognized Employer Pilot stands as an affirmation of this commitment, ensuring that employers with a track record of upholding these standards are duly recognized. This brings us one step closer to our goal of reducing the administrative burden faced by Canadian growers,” added FVGC President, Jan VanderHout.
The Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada (FVGC) represents growers across the country involved in the production of over 120 different types of crops on over 14,000 farms, with a farm gate value of $5.9 billion in 2021. FVGC is an Ottawa-based voluntary, not-for-profit, national association, and, since 1922, has advocated on important issues that impact Canada’s fresh produce sector, promoting healthy, safe, and sustainable food, ensuring the continued success and growth of the industry.
Note: Portions of this press release are sourced from an official announcement by the Government of Canada.
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