Legislation is coming this fall that will hold employers who hire temporary foreign workers to a much higher standard than currently exists.
Labour Minister Harry Bains confirmed it Monday after a news conference at the legislature by several organizations that have been working for years to improve the circumstances for temporary foreign workers in B.C. The advocacy groups say they are busy on a daily basis dealing with reports of abuse and exploitation of such workers.
B.C. takes in the second-highest number of temporary foreign workers among provinces. There were about 22,000 new slots for them in B.C. approved by the federal government last year.
Ottawa legislates and regulates the practice but provinces have a role in enforcing employment standards once they are here. B.C. is considered to be well behind the pack in upholding standards and pursuing complaints.