05/27/2014 12:46 EDT | Updated 07/27/2014 05:59 EDT

Restaurants warn temporary foreign worker freeze will hurt

The group representing Canada's restaurant owners says changes to the temporary foreign workers program will mean a labour shortage for the industry.

Restaurants Canada, which represents restaurants, pubs and caterers, says the program freeze ordered by federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney is already affecting the industry.

The organization is speaking starting at 1:30 p.m. ET. will carry the news conference live.

Restaurants Canada says it will make a call for urgent action on what it calls a labour crisis due to the moratorium on temporary foreign workers.