Canada has introduced a new pilot project which will allow the family members of temporary workers in British Columbia to work in Canada. The project was announced on August 15th by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney and British Columbia Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell. Highlighting on the need of attracting families of temporary foreign workers, Kenney said, "Since I became Minister, I have heard from workers, employers, labour advocates and others who have asked me to make Canada more welcoming for working families coming to Canada as temporary residents. With this pilot project, we will examine the benefits of allowing family members of temporary foreign workers to work while they are here with a principal applicant who has been hired because of his or her skills". Temporary foreign workers work for Canadian employers who are unable to find skilled local workers. Till now only the spouses and common-law partners of temporary foreign workers employed in a managerial, professional or skilled trade job were allowed to obtain an open work permit in British Columbia. This open work permit allows the applicant to work for any employer. As per a statement issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), "Starting August 15, spouses, common-law partners and working-age dependants of most temporary foreign workers will be eligible, including many workers in occupations that require lower levels of formal training". Focusing on the importance of foreign workers for Canada’s growth, Minister Bell said, "More than a million jobs will open up in British Columbia by 2020, and we will need foreign workers to help meet the skills shortages our businesses are already beginning to face.” "Giving more spouses and working-aged children of temporary foreign workers the chance to take jobs will support local businesses, while contributing to local, regional and provincial economic growth," he added. The pilot project will run for a tenure of 2 years and end on 15 February 2013. During this tenure, the project is expected to generate up to 1,800 open work permits. "Nearly 32,000 temporary foreign workers made the transition to permanent status in 2010, and of those, almost 2,300 chose to immigrate permanently to BC," Kenney stated. "We understand the important role that foreign workers have in every region of the country and we will continue to look at ways to attract workers who have the skills we need now and into the future."