Skip to comments.Businessís cross-Canada lament: We need foreign workers
Posted on 05/02/2013 8:22:00 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Straddling the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary, the fast-growing city of Lloydminster is surrounded by heavy-oil reserves. Oil field servicing jobs or work at the Husky upgrader is plentiful. Three hotels are under construction, as well as a mall and restaurants.
But business owner and Lloydminster Mayor Jeff Mulligan said the citys expansion plans would be diminished without temporary foreign workers accounting for up to one in 10 Lloydminster residents and that the federal governments move this week to tighten rules in bringing them is an overreaction that will hurt the local hospitality and food services sectors. It would create a critical circumstance if we didnt have access to the temporary foreign worker program in this city.
The story is the same across much of Alberta, where small and mid-sized businesses already struggling to compete with the provinces oil and gas sector for workers say the more rigid new rules will make it harder to bring temporary foreign workers to their province. Thats a big problem for the province, which has a disproportionate share of foreign workers.
Elsewhere in Canada, though, tighter rules for the worker program drew a range of responses, with some employers concerned that delays borne of new requirements will hamper business opportunities, while others said it wont hurt their operations.
There is a common refrain among businesses across Canada that Ottawas move to require foreign workers to be paid market wages will not be a significant hindrance but that the new rule that firms produce a plan to transition to a fully Canadian work force could be a problem....
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...we can give them a street organizer...
America’s got 11 million plus illegal aliens we can send to our Canadian cousins. However, you’ll have to give them all sorts of welfare perks and you cannot expect them to obey Canadian laws.
Let’s sell them our 20 million illegal aliens (my best estimate). $10 apiece.
Cut off the social welfare given to healthy, lazy citizens, and they will work or starve. We need more “immigrants” like a bicycle needs a flat tire.
Just like American companies, they want the age and nationality labor arbitrage - younger or foreign knowledge workers who are willing to work harder and longer hours for less money than the native Canadian talent pool. Especially if the work needed is outside the organization’s core competency - then there is no desire whatsoever to pay domestic market rates.
I wonder if any of the tens of millions of unemployed or underemployed Americans would be considered for those “temporary foreign worker” positions. I’d guess not, for the same reasons they can’t get jobs here — the “temporary” status probably translates into a half-off sale on wages paid, regulations followed, etc.
Does no one know basic English any longer?
I am an electrician working in lloydminster right now, if we didn’t have these foreigners, we would have no restaurants or coffee places open and no oh to work in the hotels. The place would get more miserable than it already is heh.
They have a different situation than ours. They have discovered tons of very valuable resources in areas with very small populations. They actually DO need to import labor in order to exploit it. In our case, I’m not so sure. We have over ten times their population.
You don’t need *any* immigration as long as there is a single citizen actually looking for a job.
I think if they changed the EI rules that allow Maritimers to work less and collect benefits longer, they’d have no problem filling those jobs with Canadians. When my dad came to Toronto from Nova Scotia, every family in the Atlantic provinces had members move west for work.
The original is correct. It just means something a bit different than your version.