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  1. Throughout 2021, ACOA remained focused on the Government of Canada’s commitment to fight COVID-19 and its economic impacts, providing targeted sector support to help the region recover and rebuild a more resilient, inclusive economy for all Atlantic Canadians.
  2. In 2021, between January 1 and December 31, the Government of Canada, through ACOA invested more than $314 million in targeted support to help the region rebuild and recover from COVID-19, stimulate local economies, protect and create jobs, and grow an inclusive and resilient economy for all Atlantic Canadians.
  3. As Canada and countries around the world respond to the pandemic, key sectors in the economy continue to need more workers to build a strong workforce. This is particularly true in Quebec where the province continues to experience long-standing workforce recruitment challenges.
  4. Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, today issued the following statement regarding the audit of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW): Program by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG).
  5. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is working to rebuild the TFW compliance regime to help better protect temporary foreign workers (TFWs), taking into account the Auditor General’s recommendations and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ongoing activities to strengthen ESDC’s risk-based approach to target higher risk employers include:
  6. Temporary foreign workers (TFWs) are entitled to the same workplace conditions and rights as Canadians and their health and safety is a major priority for the Government of Canada.
  7. The Government of Canada is committed to fighting anti-Asian racism and ensuring inclusion and representation through policies and concrete actions.