The Temporary Foreign Worker Program was originally introduced to respond to short-term labor market shortages in high-demand and cyclical industries, but it has grown in size and scope.

We study the implications of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program for the temporary foreign workers themselves, as well as for the permanent employees at the organizations that engage their services. We look at how well temporary foreign workers are integrated into their Canadian organizations, how much interaction occurs among temporary foreign workers and permanent employees, and how permanent employees’ attitudes and behaviours are affected.