Thank you, Madam Chair.
To our witnesses, thank you as well.
Casey, my in-laws came to Canada from eastern Europe many years ago to work on a farm, and I think you've just hit the nail on the head: What a great way to get started. They did not know the language, not at all. If they'd had to pass a language test, they would have been cut out and wouldn't have had that opportunity.
Brandon, you talked about Tim Hortons employees. I can assure you, because I have been a Tim Hortons franchisee, that if we could get people locally, we would never want to go through the temporary foreign worker program, because it's costly. You mentioned that.
The reality is that people think, for some strange reason, that.... I realize that potentially there are people thinking that it adds to the system, but I'm going to say that, by and large, people treat these temporary foreign workers very well. At the end of the day, they do what they need to do. It's housing and it's all the things that go into that.
My question is for you, Jolayne. You talked about the LMIAs. It's interesting that we go through the same process every year, hoping that maybe something has changed and that we need to post online again because maybe magically we're going to get some employees to show up this year.
Talk to me about what we need to do to streamline that process or program so that we can make it easier. Is it a cheaper fee? Is that part of it? Is it a reduced waiting period? If you're obviously advertising one year.... Talk to me about what you think would make that program easier to manage.