It has been a busy time for TIAC. As part of our ongoing advocacy efforts to represent the best interests of Canada’s tourism sector, we have recently submitted responses to proposed regulatory changes on important issues that matter to our members.
Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) Permits
Following extensive consultations with the Provincial, Territorial Tourism Association (PTTIA) and a number of other key stakeholders, TIAC recently addressed questions outlined in the Proposal to Amend Immigration & Refugee Protection Regulations for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) consultation guide. Labour is a top priority issue for TIAC and the tourism sector at large. Due to the immediate and significant impacts of labour shortages on Canadian business revenues, worker morale and diminished productivity, we urgently need an effective Temporary Foreign Worker Program that is administratively efficient, cost appropriate and balanced.
The Gazette proposals to introduce more mobility for TFWs, while important to protect workers from abuse, may have unintended consequences for employers who take on an already rigorous and expensive process to secure an adequate labour source for their businesses. TIAC has proposed a more balanced approach that will protect business’ investments, while allowing more security for those with temporary work permits.
Parks Canada NMCAs
Parks Canada is revising its policy for national marine conservation areas (NMCAs), to manage, protect and conserve marine areas for the benefit of Canadians and international visitors. While TIAC supports the protection of marine wildlife, our responses to proposed policy changes include the need for additional detail to ensure stakeholders fully understand what changes are being contemplated and how they might impact tourism businesses. TIAC further called for robust and ongoing consultation and briefings with TIAC and tourism stakeholders as the process unfolds. Building on TIAC’s existing positive relationship with Parks Canada, we will continue to ensure the industry’s voice is heard through this consultative process.
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