The Government of Canada plans to accept 25,000 applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Class. Under new policy, the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism will accept up to 1000 applications in each of 50 major high demand occupations.
“This represents outstanding economic opportunities for many candidates who value Canada’s high stature in the global migration market” says Attorney Colin Singer, Managing Partner of immigration.ca and Global Recruiters of Montreal – www.grnmontreal.com.
To commemorate this occasion, Attorney Singer and his team will be conducting seminars in selected venues in the Philippines in June 2014.
Saturday June 21, 2014
Venue: AIM (ASIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT) CONFERENCE CENTER
Address: Greenbelt Area, Makati City
Sunday June 22, 2014
Venue: HOTEL SUPREME
Address: Baguio City
Time: 1 PM
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Candidates with professional experience in Nursing, Computers, Engineering and Financial Services have the best opportunities under the new program.
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If you are a qualified professional with a background in one of 50 major high demand occupations and you are considering relocating to Canada we invite you to attend one of our upcoming seminars, or participate on-line via Live Stream.
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Recently, the CEO of McDonald’s Canada addressed anxious franchisees about the CBC’s investigation into the company for the chain’s possible abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. During the call, Betts said, “Jason Kenney really knows his stuff. And I’ll say he knows his stuff from a businessperson’s perspective”.
The Conservative Government has claimed to understand the private sector better than other federal parties did. However, the Conservatives have shown themselves to be remarkably naïve when it comes to understanding the factors that motivate corporate businesses.
Kenney spoke on CBC Radio’s The House, shortly after suspending restaurants from using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. He said, “If it’s true that we have a very tight labour market, we should be seeing more inflation in terms of wages, employers should be responding to tightness in the labour market”.
On the face of it, this would sound logical. A tight labour market would lead to wage inflation and ensure that companies make themselves more attractive to workers. Yet, his words say nothing about governments intervening with a program that enables companies to circumvent the labour market dynamics.
Nor do they raise questions about a government that tweaks a program repeatedly to expedite the process of recruiting temporary workers from outside the country and allows certain employers to set abysmally low wages for these foreign workers.
On all counts, Kenney and the Conservative Government could have foreseen the scenario where no businessperson would pass over the opportunity of capitalising on an environment that boosts productivity and minimizes costs. This is especially so since Kenney “understands a businessperson’s perspective” and the Conservatives understand the private sector.
Kenney’s comments to CBC Radio began with “If it’s true…” They clearly betrayed the fact that he – or his colleagues in the government – have no clue about the job market currently – even if they have been vociferous while talking about acute labour shortages.
Despite the Canadian economy being on the rise, domestic workers are not willing to relocate to where the jobs are. Canada’s Employment Insurance system gives no incentives for workers to relocate either – even in areas suffering from chronic unemployment.
A recent CD Howe report criticised the current version of the TFW program, declaring that the government’s policies actually accelerated the rise in unemployment rates in Alberta and British Columbia. It mentioned that Canada would need to develop better data about the state of the local labour markets, before permitting temporary foreign workers to enter Canada.
How the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Moved from Being a Nimble Program to One that Requires a Complete Revamp
According to popular perception, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, currently under intense Parliamentary scrutiny following a series of program abuse allegations by the Royal Bank of Canada, three McDonald’s franchises in Victoria, British Columbia and a pizza restaurant in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, was a program that had merit on paper initially, before it spiralled out of control.
Currently, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program has become a major issue affecting not only unemployed Canadians but also those individuals coming to Canada from abroad, for short-term jobs.
Canada launched the program in 1973, aiming to bringing in highly specialised workers like academics and engineers for meeting skills gaps in the country. In 2002, the Liberals under Jean Chretian, included low-skilled workers under the ambit of the program.
Successive Liberal and Conservative governments continued to tweak the program further so that it expedited the process of bringing in foreign workers into several sectors of the industry, including food and construction, once pilot projects commenced in Alberta and British Columbia. This resulted in the accelerated entry of temporary foreign workers into Canada – moving from 101,000 in 2002 to 338,000 in 2012, with low-skill workers forming the fastest growing denomination of workers.
Under the current program, Canadians lose out on jobs as do several foreign workers. Locals also miss out on employment opportunities and employers keep wages at artificially low levels. In addition, the government also does not have the bandwidth to keep monitoring a program of this size for any possible program abuses.
Researches also back the impact of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. A CD Howe Institute reported that a pilot project that accelerated the approval process for companies to hire low-skill temporary foreign workers, raised unemployment levels.
The Alberta Federation of Labour revealed recently that some companies were paying temporary foreign workers up to $5 less than the prevailing local market wage for the job, with the tacit approval of the federal government. This also means that the program can reduce wages for foreign workers as well.
According to Jason Foster, the coordinator for Athabasca University’s industrial relations program, “The Temporary Foreign Worker Program moved from being a small, nimble program to a large-scale one that the Government could not manage successfully.” While Employment Minister Jason Kenney promised to implement new reforms for the program, experts believe that only a complete revamp of the program could help salvage the situation.
Source: CBC News
While Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program has been plagued with controversy, there is another much lesser-known program offering foreign workers express entry into Canada.
The Canadian public has likely not heard a lot about the International Experience Canada program, despite the fact that it operates with even less government oversight and regulation than the contentious Temporary Foreign Worker program.
The program allows employers to import workers from countries like France, Ireland and the UK, without first obtaining a labour market opinion – the government’s validation that a particular worker’s skills are in-demand in Canada. IEC also offers no minimum wage requirements.
In exchange, Canadians are able to work abroad in over 30 participating countries.
Worker advocates are concerned about the implications of an unregulated program importing workers, who may be unskilled and could end up driving down wages for Canadians or other foreign workers. It is particularly disconcerting, says Liberal Immigration critic John McCallum, to have this program up and running while the Temporary Foreign Worker program remains suspended due to abuse.
“It sounds like such a wholesome thing on the government’s website — people coming to discover Canada and Canadians going abroad to do the same,” said McCallum. “But this is a huge concern because it seems to totally subvert what they’re trying to do with temporary foreign workers. The government appears to be actively encouraging companies to participate in a program that doesn’t even require labour market opinions.”
A government spokesperson, however, says that the program does not impede Canadian employment, and that the government is currently reviewing both programs to see how they can improve the situation for both workers and employers.
Source: CTV News
Recent cases in the news have renewed debate over the use and necessity of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
McDonald’s franchises in Alberta and British Columbia have been at the centre of this most recent controversy, after stories emerged of Canadian workers being passed over for their foreign counterparts. Employers are allegedly engaging in such practices because temporary foreign workers often will perform more menial tasks for less money.
Such stories have not been received well by a Canadian public that has been struggling to recover from the recent economic recession. They are also indicative of the need to better address Canada’s labour concerns, according to a recent editorial in the Globe and Mail.
It is much more beneficial, the editors argue, to use Canada’s immigration system to bring skilled workers into the country on a permanent basis. Skilled workers have experience, education, and the motivation to succeed in this country. Temporary workers might be just as motivated, but are often used to fill low-paying, low-skilled positions that Canadians would not want.
It becomes a concern – not only for temporary foreign workers, but for all Canadians – when employers would rather import low-skilled workers willing to settle for less pay and worse conditions rather than improve wages and conditions for all workers.
The Temporary Foreign Worker program is currently suspended until Labour Minister Jason Kenney unveils reforms in the coming weeks. The program has been subject to many reforms in recent years, but some critics argue that the program should be scrapped altogether.
Source: Globe and Mail
The Canadian Government has announced reforms to its economic immigrant recruitment program, which, as of January 2015, will be operating under the name “Express Entry.”
The program, formerly known as the “Expression of Interest” program, allows employers and governments to nominate workers for fast track immigration if their skills are deemed to be particularly in demand. They are able to skip the queue, thus allowing for “express entry,” ahead of others who might have applied before them.
The new program will help to streamline the process, and allow for qualified workers to quickly apply for permanent residency once they have a job offer in Canada. Applications will be processed within six months, according to Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.
Qualified applicants would apply through Provincial Nominee Programs, which will require coordination and cooperation between various levels of governments as well as employers. Toward that end, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration has also announced plans for consultations across the country regarding the “Express Entry” program.
“Express Entry promises to be a game-changer for Canadian immigration and Canada’s economy,” said Minister Alexander upon announcing the reforms. “It will revolutionize the way we attract skilled immigrants, and get them working here faster. Our government is actively engaged with our provincial and territorial partners, and with employers, to make January’s launch of Express Entry a success.”
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Former Immigration Minister and current Employment Minister Jason Kenney says that his government is looking at re-opening a controversial fast-tracking program for temporary foreign workers.
The Accelerated Labour Market Opinion Process was shut down last spring after two controversies emerged surrounding some of Canada’s largest employers. The Royal Bank of Canada was one of the companies reportedly looking to outsource jobs to foreign workers. When the public learned that there had allegedly been talk of firing Canadians to hire foreigners the program was shut down indeterminately.
However, Minister Kenney indicates that he is examining how to re-open the program in ways that can minimize controversy – such as granting access only to employers who are looking to fill high-skilled positions.
“I think it should be narrower, more limited and focused on really critical jobs with specialized skills that are paying a good salary in clearly in-demand occupations, probably in regions with very low unemployment,” said Minister Kenney.
He points to other countries that have successfully implemented similar programs and says that the government is looking to close loopholes that allow abuses of the Canadian program.
The Accelerated Labour Market Opinion Process is just one facet of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program that has been facing much controversy in recent years, particularly as the economy slowed and more Canadians lost their jobs.
The government has made many changes to the program recently, including expanding worker’s rights and raising minimum wage requirements so that they are competitive with Canadian salaries.
Source: Ottawa Citizen