New law for OFW protection in Canada pushed

The welfare and protection of Filipino workers in Canada will soon get a boost with a proposed law seeking to protect them from abuse.

In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, Labor Attaché Margarita Eugenia Victorino of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Vancouver said the proposed legislation, a registry of employers and recruiters of temporary foreign workers in Canada composed of OFWs, will be established.

“The establishment of a registry, as provided for in the proposed Temporary Foreign Workers Protection Act, or Bill 48-2018, aims to safeguard temporary foreign workers from abuse committed against them by their employer or recruiter,” said Victorino in her report.

Under the proposed measure, the registration process of employers and workers’ recruiters will be free and available online.

Also, based on the proposed bill, an employer or recruiter, who will be found violating their obligations, will face revocation of license and imprisonment in jail for a year.

Canadian Labor Minister Harry Bains has announced recently that the proposed legislation has been submitted for first reading at the British Columbia Legislature.

Consultations with all stakeholders are also expected to be held and the POLO-Vancouver has been invited to take an active part in crafting the policies and guidelines for the implementation of the law.

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