A strong majority of Canadians say temporary foreign workers are important (48%) or somewhat important (34%) to Canada’s economy. Older Canadians (55 plus) are more likely to say temporary foreign workers are important (56%) than younger Canadians (38%).

The research gauged the views of Canadians on temporary foreign workers, specifically how important they are to the Canadian economy, support for employers bringing them into Canada to fill jobs, allowing them to become citizens or permanent residents, having more temporary foreign workers come to Canada for jobs and allowing them to change employers.

Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land-and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,006 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between December 27th and 29th, 2023 as part of an omnibus survey. The margin of error for this survey is ± 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The research was commissioned by the Globe and Mail and was conducted by Nanos Research.

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