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Premium Brands set to buy three meat processors

A pair of Ontario meat processors with “iconic” brands in Canada are among four firms to be picked up on the most recent shopping expedition by specialty food firm Premium Brands. Vancouver-based Premium announced Friday it will pay a total of $227 million in cash, shares and promissory notes for four companies: Concord Premium Meats, […] Read more

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Canada dilutes plan to limit temporary foreign workers

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada’s Liberal government on Thursday watered down measures to limit the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers firms can hire after complaints the restrictions would cause major labour shortages. Under rules introduced by the previous Conservative administration, the number of low-skilled foreign workers a firm could employ would have dropped to […] Read more

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Canada may delay foreign worker limits as packers, farms face squeeze

Winnipeg | Reuters — Canada may delay implementing new restrictions on the use of foreign workers as farmers and meat processors warn of severe labour shortages in one of the world’s biggest agricultural exporters, the employment minister said. Employers have reported difficulty finding workers despite a 7.1 per cent unemployment rate. Many Canadians resist jobs […] Read more

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Déjà vu all over again at Alberta’s largest meat-packing plants

Food processors hit hard by recent changes to the temporary foreign worker program

Reading Time: 2 minutes How will recent changes to the temporary foreign worker program impact agriculture’s ability to compete for labour? Paul Wannet, human resources manager for Cargill Meats in High River, knows — and he’s been through it before. The situation was dire for Alberta’s largest meat-packing plant in 2007 when the temporary foreign worker program renewal came […] Read more