Thursday, October 23rd12.5°C
23711
23372

Immigration consultants offer to pair firms with temporary foreign workers

OTTAWA - Immigration consultants, many in Western Canada, are apparently now specializing in pairing employers and temporary foreign workers.

One online advertisement placed in several provinces even pledges to help temporary foreign workers find employers instead of the other way around.

The ad asks whether such workers are looking for employers, and says it has access to 800 jobs and a complete list of all the companies in Canada seeking temporary foreign workers.

The owner of the company did not immediately respond to requests for an interview.

But the company's sales pitch turns on its head the standard procedure in place for companies to obtain temporary foreign workers under Ottawa's embattled program.

Employers must first make an attempt to find qualified Canadian workers before applying for a labour market opinion — called an LMO — in order to hire someone from abroad, not turn to a bank of temporary foreign workers.

Companies are required to place ads on the federal government's online job bank and prove they've made other attempts to find Canadian employees.

Critics of the procedure, however, charge that it's easy for a company to think up bogus requirements in their job ads.

Other companies are advertising similar services regarding temporary foreign workers on Kijiji and other job sites.

Employment Minister Jason Kenney, who took aim against "crooked" immigration consultants when he was in charge of immigration, is vowing to crack down on abusers of the temporary foreign workers program.

A new slate of rule changes is expected to be announced soon.

Follow Lee-Anne Goodman on Twitter at @leeanne25

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News

23891


Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX14514.80+202.729
S&P CDNX807.14-0.86
DJIA16763.38302.06
Nasdaq4473.879+91.032
S&P 5001961.27+34.16
CDN Dollar0.8899+0.0004
Gold1228.90-16.60
Oil81.36+1.23
Lumber330.30+1.60
Natural Gas3.621-0.038

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.105-0.015
Knighthawk0.01-0.005
QHR Technologies Inc1.17+0.02
Cantex0.065+0.01
Anavex Life Sciences0.1980.00
Metalex Ventures0.04-0.01
Russel Metals33.21+0.68
Copper Mountain Mining2.08-0.02
Colorado Resources0.14-0.005
ReliaBrand Inc0.013+0.001
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.05-0.01
Mission Ready Services0.40-0.005

 





FEATURED Property
9378441680 Ross Road
3 bedrooms 2 baths
$144,000
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


Weakening global growth worries

The Big Picture Growth worries persist Worries about weakening global growth and its potential impact on the US economic recovery roiled markets around the globe this week. Europe continues to be the ...


Keep it rubber side down

This time of year, I always worry about which friends of mine will get caught going off the road in adverse weather conditions. With a little preparation most accidents can be avoided. Having won the...


Big bank predicts rate hike

Photo: Thinkstock.comThe end of record-low rates is nigh, according to one major bank, which has taken a stance and predicted when the Bank of Canada will raise its long-standing overnight rate. &ldq...

_








Member of BC Press Council


22786