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Most Canadians agree temporary foreign workers are important or somewhat important to Canada’s economy

Key Takeaway
Most Canadians support policies that enable temporary workers to fill job vacancies and become permanent residents or citizens.


The Nanos Research report, commissioned by the Globe and Mail, provides an in-depth analysis of Canadian attitudes toward temporary foreign workers. Conducted in 2023 from December 27 to 29, the survey involved 1,006 people in Canada and employed a hybrid telephone and online methodology.

The report reveals that most Canadians understand the economic significance of temporary foreign workers (TFWs), with strong regional support for employing them to fill job vacancies, notably in Atlantic Canada and Québec.

The report also highlights considerable support for policies that favour the transition of TFWs to permanent residency or citizenship. This is particularly true among older age groups.

Moreover, the report finds that these results point to a growing recognition of the value of cultural diversity and the potential contributions of TFWs to the Canadian social fabric and labour market.

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