International Mobility ProgramPublished on 4 June 2015 Hansard and Statements by Senator Claudette Tardif
Hon. Claudette Tardif:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The new rules that the government has imposed, without notice, on people who want to immigrate to Canada do not just affect temporary foreign workers. They also affect hundreds of foreign students. Thousands of internships for foreign students in Canada are in jeopardy because of a new directive imposed by the federal government, which is making things difficult for the companies that bring interns to Canada.
Effective February 21, 2015, companies that want to hire foreign interns have to pay a fee of $230 per intern and fill out a long online form. The government is trying to discourage organizations that want to hire foreign workers under its International Mobility Program. Mr. Leader, why is the government choosing to reduce the number of foreign interns in Canada and make life difficult for the small businesses and community organizations that could use their help?