In an effort to protect the wages and benefits offered to temporary foreign employees, Service Canada recently introduced a policy mandating equality of pay and benefits offered to Canadians and temporary foreign workers in unionized work environments. Effective March 31, 2009, wage rates and benefits established under a collective bargaining agreement offered by an employer to Canadians must also be offered to temporary foreign workers. In certain circumstances, foreign workers will be entitled to a wage higher than the wage set out in the collective agreement.

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