On June 16, 2015 CHC Labour Committee Chair, Murray Porteous, Co-Vice Chair Denis Hamel and CHC EVP, Anne Fowlie, met with Marc LeBrun Director General, Integrity Services Branch, Service Canada.
The objective of the meeting was to gain clarity on the process relative to Integrity Audits for those employers engaging workers through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The audits began a few years ago with a commitment to audit 1 in every 4 employers participating in the TFWP.
Audits fall in one of three categories: random, reason to suspect and compliance. CHC stressed the importance of communication, expectations, predictability and the impact on competitiveness and sustainability and the need for a pre-audit checklist to assist with preparedness. The process and timelines must be well communicated and understood.
“Growers want to comply with the requirements of the program and knowing what the audit checklist entails will help producers to be prepared, manage their time efficiently, avoid surprises and ensure no undue delays in processing applications. Knowing what to expect will reduce stress in the audit process and make better use of both producer and auditor time” noted Porteous.