Canadian Construction companies Hiring foreign workers [Canadian Construction]

Canadian Construction companies Hiring foreign workers

Watch above: A restaurant in Weyburn is being investigated by the Federal Government for alleged abuses of the temporary foreign worker program.

UPDATE: In light of Thursday’s announcement by employment minister Jason Kenney, imposing a moratorium on the use of temporary foreign workers in the food services sector, here is a look at some of the companies who used the program. Note that just one day before Kenney’s announcement, McDonald’s had suspended its use of the program.

This article was originally published April 11, 2013.

But three years ago, while hiring a youth coordinator, the hiring team realized their preferred candidate – a young woman from the Bahamas who had been studying in Canada – didn’t have the right visa to work in the country.

“It wasn’t until near the end of the interview process the question came up, and by then we were committed, ” Bender said. So they started filling out paperwork.

“It was quite a learning curve. … I remember feeling there were just a lot of hoops to jump through, ” he said. Every year they wanted to keep the woman on, they had to re-post the position and go through an interview process again.

“She was here for three years. Did a phenomenal job. It worked out great, ” he said. By the time she left, she was awaiting her Canadian citizenship.

Who’s hiring temporary foreign workers?

Lots of people: A range of companies and government agencies, according to a document by the Alberta Federation of Labour, obtained through a freedom-of-information request. It lists 90 pages of employers, including the company name and province of each, but not whom they hired, when or for what work.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada told Global News it couldn’t give out those details because “the information requested is not public.”

The Bank of Canada, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Tim Hortons, McDonald’s, Maple Leaf Foods, the City of Vancouver, the Edmonton Police Service and eateries of various vintages are among the thousands of employers who’ve been approved for accelerated labour market opinions: Their need for foreign workers, they said (and the federal government agreed), was so urgent they required an expedited approval process.

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