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The Canadian government announced significant changes to its Temporary Foreign Worker Programs in June 2014, but did not change the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program that brings Caribbean and Mexican farm workers to Canada each year. Some 16,000 SAWP workers are employed in Ontario, where the minimum wage rose from C$10.25 to C$11 June 1, 2014.
Some 25,000 Canadian employers hired 386,406 temporary foreign workers in 2013, more than triple the 109,662 in 2003. Almost 60 percent of temporary foreign workers are in Canada for more than one year. Two-thirds of temporary foreign workers do not need a Labor Market Opinion certifying that Canadian workers are not available, since they are, for example, intra-company transfers or they arrive from Mexico or the US with NAFTA visas.
In April 2014, Canadian workers at several McDonald's restaurants in Victoria complained that their hours were reduced because their employer gave more hours to Filipino guest workers. Some of the Filipinos were admitted as food service supervisors at C$12.36 an hour, while the Canadians were deemed food counter attendants and paid C$10.25, prompting speculation that the higher job classification for the Filipinos improved their chances of eventually obtaining immigrant visas. It was not clear if the Filipinos paid for their Canadian jobs.