Foreign workers shouldn’t get jobs Canadians can do: Kenney

- October 31st, 2012

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday he wants to ensure the temporary foreign work program operates “on the basis of Canadians first” in light of concerns raised about permits granted to Chinese miners at a B.C. coal mine.

“Companies cannot access foreign workers unless or until they have demonstrated to the government that they have advertised the job in Canada, offering it to any qualified Canadians,” Kenney told QMI Agency.

“We never want to give jobs away to foreign workers if qualified Canadians are available and applying for them.”

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada is now looking investigating why the work permits were granted to about 200 mine workers.

Employees who wish to hire temporary foreign workers must apply for a “labour market opinion” from Service Canada that assesses “the impact the foreign worker would have on Canada’s labour market.”

“Concerns have come to light, subsequent to these labour market opinions being approved, for that particular mine, that Mandarin was listed as a work requirement,” Kenney said. “I understand HRSDC is taking a look at that to see if that was a valid work requirement.”

The federal NDP has called for an “immediate suspension” of the permits and wants a full investigation to see if Canadian workers were given an opportunity to apply for the positions.

NDP immigration critic Jinny Sims also worries about how Canada’s temporary foreign worker system operates under the Conservative government.

“This government has made it so much easier … to bring in temporary foreign workers,” she said. “There’s a huge incentive. You can pay them up to 15% less.

“When you bring in these employees … the power balance shifts. They’re not going to be there to advocate for their rights.”

The Canadian Labour Congress and other unions have also hammered the feds for approving of the work permits, saying Canadian workers need long-term employment.


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  1. Liz Aucoin says:

    the problem is simple, so many lazy Canadians think that foreign people take our jobs, however, in my observation many Canadians don’t want the jobs these people fill. But are quick to complain how foreigners are taking “our” jobs. I can’t even count how many times I have heard a Canadian say ” I will not work for $10/hr” or “you couldn’t pay me enough to do that job” etc. Just ask the people trying to fill these positions why they have had to turn to temporary foreign workers in the first place. The answer is simple….. because they cannot seem to fill these positions with Canadians. So Mr. Kenney, instead of listening to all of your racist constituents complain how foreigners are taking our jobs, look at the big picture here. You are only feeding a beast by taking up their cause of hatred. Just like in Europe where they say that Roma are lazy and don’t want to work, just follow a Roma person for one day job hunting and see what happens! I think your redneck attitude would change!

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