Poll Finds Most Canadians Support Temporary Foreign Workers

Poll Finds Most Canadians Support Temporary Foreign Workers
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A strong majority of Canadians agree that temporary foreign workers are important (48%) or somewhat important (34%) to the Canadian economy, a poll has found.

Moreover, older Canadians of 55-plus (56%) are more likely than younger Canadians (38%) to agree to this assertion.

Conducted by Nanos Research, which is one of North America’s top-most research and strategy organizations, and which helps corporations, government agencies and advocacy associations understand and chart the public mood, the poll gauged the views of Canadians on temporary foreign workers.

Specifically, it focussed on their importance to the Canadian economy, support for employers bringing them to Canada to fill jobs, allowing them to become citizens or PRs, having more temporary foreign workers come to Canada for jobs, and allowing them to change employers.

To achieve this aim, Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land-and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,006 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between December 17 and 29, 2029, as part of an omnibus survey.

Participants were randomly recruited via telephone using live agents and administered an online survey.

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They sample included both land- and cell-lines throughout Canada. The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada.

They margin of error for this survey is ± 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The research was commissioned by the Globe and Mail.

Another key finding of the report was that eight in ten Canadians support (49%) or somewhat support (30%) employers bringing in temporary foreign workers to help fill jobs they can’t find Canadians to do.

This support is stronger in the Atlantic region (61% support, 25% somewhat support) and Quebec (57% support, 32% somewhat support).

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Over two-thirds of Canadians show support for interested temporary foreign workers remaining in Canada to become citizens or permanent residents. Older Canadians (74% of those 55 and above), once again, were more likely to extend such support than their younger counterparts (62% of those between 18-34).

Canadians were also more likely to support (31%) rather than oppose (17%) allowing temporary foreign workers who are brought to Canada for a specific job to change employers.

Quebec residents are more likely to support this (43%) than Prairie residents (24%) and British Columbia residents (26%).

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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of immigration.ca featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.