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McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited has voluntarily halted its Temporary Foreign Worker Program in light of an investigation from the Employment and Social Development Canada.
In a statement, the company said:
"As a direct result of those discussions (with the department) we made our own decision to voluntarily freeze all Labour Market Opinions in our system on a temporary basis.
"At the same time, we have committed to undertake an independent third party audit of all our corporate and franchised restaurants that employ temporary foreign workers. Of our more than 1,400 restaurants in Canada, only 268 restaurants employ temporary foreign workers. Of our more than 85,000 employees nationwide, temporary foreign workers account for approximately 4 percent of our workforce. Once that process is complete we will make informed decisions on next steps about our future participation in the Program."
The company also notes that McDonald's and its franchisees use the foreign worker program in markets where there are "local labor challenges."
The program's suspension does not affect current temporary foreign workers who have approved LMOs and work permits.
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