Businesses applaud changes to allow temporary foreign workers to stay as long as permits renewed

Workers on the busy floor at Sunterra Meats in Trochu, Alberta, Wednesday August 31, 2016. The company employs many temporary foreign workers. A person holds a small flag during a community event put on by Migrante Alberta to talk to workers about the impact of the moratorium on temporary foreign workers at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education in Edmonton, Alta., on Saturday, May 17, 2014.Wilfredo Ramirez, a temporary foreign worker from Guatemala, picks cucumbers during his shift at a greenhouse in Beamsville, Ont. in January 2016.Ottawa’s decision to scrap a controversial rule that limited how long foreign workers can stay in Canada is being welcomed by businesses, analysts and migrant worker advocates as the first step in a series of reforms they hope will ultimately transform the immigration system.The government announced Tuesday afternoon it will allow migrant workers to continue filling jobs in industries ranging from meat-packing to tourism …