Growing numbers of temporary foreign workers raise new issues for municipal governments

Even before the recent class action against Denny’s, launched by a large group of Filipino temporary foreign workers,  it was clear that this major change in Canada’ s immigration rules — to focus on short-term labour force needs rather than future citizenship — would have a big impact on city governments. I explored some of the recent examples in this column for Philippine News Today.

The issue is a top priority for review by the Mayor’s Working Group on Immigration, which I co-chair with Dan Hiebert, a director of Metropolis, an academic research centre focussing on immigration issues.