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Despite Kenney's claims, outdated listings persist on Canada Job Bank

OTTAWA - There are no postings listed on the federal government's controversial job bank website that are older than six months, Employment Minister Jason Kenney suggested this week in the House of Commons.

"The typical maximum posting period is 30 days," Kenney said. "We only extend it beyond that if employers ask for an extension for up to six months maximum, after which the postings expire."

However, many of the jobs listed on the job bank are no longer available.

Kenney often cites the 112,000 jobs posted on the site, and the 7 million hits it receives from job-seekers each month, as evidence of the need for Canada's temporary foreign workers program, of which the site is a critical component.

The rules require would-be employers to post ads seeking Canadian workers for four weeks before they apply to hire temporary foreign workers. The government also relies in part on job bank data to determine what regions of the country are clamouring for labour.

Here's a short sampling of outdated job postings — either already filled or no longer available — currently listed on the job bank.

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Attendant, food service counter, Surrey, B.C.

Date posted: Oct. 30, 2013

Status: Position not found when clicking through as directed to WorkBC job bank.

Accounting clerk, Surrey, B.C.

Date posted: Sept. 6, 2013

Status: Position not found when clicking through as directed to WorkBC job bank.

Pipeline engineer, civil, Fort McMurray, Alta.

Date posted: Aug. 21, 2013

Status: "That position has been withdrawn" message when clicking through as directed to Workopolis.

Process operator, power engineer, Estevan, Sask.

Date posted: June 30, 2013

Status: "Error on page" message when clicking through as directed to SaskJobs.

Consultant, human resources, Brandon, Man.

Date posted: Aug. 13, 2013

Status: "We are currently not processing applications for this job order" message when clicking through to Workopolis as directed.

Automotive mechanic, Windsor, Ont.

Date posted: April 13, 2013

Status: "We're sorry, this job is no longer available" message when clicking through to Workopolis as directed.

Account records manager, Hamilton

Date posted: June 26, 2013

Status: "We are currently not processing applications for this job order" message when clicking through to Workopolis as directed.

Database administrator, Boucherville, Que.

Date posted: April 26, 2013

Status: Error message when clicking through to Workopolis as directed.

Customer service representative, Moncton, N.B.

Date posted: April 24, 2013

Status: "Sorry, this job is no longer available" message when clicking through to Workopolis as directed.

Retail sales representative, Dartmouth, N.S.

Date posted: June 21, 2013

Status: "The requested job could not be found" message when clicking through to Workopolis as directed.

The Canadian Press


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