Human Resources Minister Diane Finley and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Wednesday that they will no longer provide the paperwork needed to bring in temporary foreign workers for employment in the sex industry.
Finley's department, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, will "issue negative Labour Market Opinions" for applications from employers linked to the sex trade, which will deny them permission to hire temporary foreign workers. As of July 14, Kenney's department will stop processing new work permit applications from temporary foreign workers who plan to work for strip clubs, escort services and massage parlours.
The release says the negative labour market opinions will also apply to other businesses linked to the sex trade, "particularly if there is a heightened risk of abuse or exploitation of workers."
Finley and Kenney say the move will protect temporary foreign workers who could otherwise be exploited.
The temporary foreign worker program is jointly managed by the two departments and is intended to fill gaps in Canada's labour market.
This isn't the first time exotic dancers and immigration have made the news together. In 2004, then-immigration minister Judy Sgro came under fire for granting a temporary residence permit to an exotic dancer who had volunteered for her election campaign.