Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Filipino migrant workers will benefit from increased protection under a new law soon to be passed in Canada.

According to Margarita Eugenia Victorino, labor attaché of the Philippine Consulate General in Vancouver, the proposed legislation will establish a registry of employers and recruiters of temporary foreign workers in Canada, Manila Standard reported.

“The establishment of a registry, as provided for in the proposed Temporary Foreign Workers Protection Act aims to safeguard temporary foreign workers from abuse committed against them by their employer or recruiter,” Victorino said.

Under the new legislation, any employer or recruiter who is found to be in violation of their legal obligations will face the revocation of their license and imprisonment for a year. The registration process for employers and workers’ recruiters will be free and able to be done online.

As of 2016, there were more than 850,000 Filipinos living and working in Canada.