In Ontario, the tourism industry is lobbying the federal government to facilitate the hiring of temporary foreign workers in the hospitality and restaurant sectors as popular vacation areas such as the Muskoka region have a high demand for workers. Currently, the process for small business owners to apply for temporary foreign workers is viewed by many to be cumbersome and slow, however the process is attempting to safeguard jobs for Canadian citizens and permanent residents first before offering temporary work permits to foreign workers. An agreement between the province of Ontario and the federal government may streamline the process and make it easier to obtain the work permits, however the agreement has yet to be signed. Immigrating to Canada? Visit www.akcanada.com for more information or a free assessment.