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About 35% of survey respondents in 189 countries said they’d move to Canada

The global workforce is increasingly mobile with more than 35 per cent of respondents to a Boston Consulting Group survey saying they’d be willing to work in Canada. That puts Canada behind only the U.S. and Britain as a preferred destination for global talent. All three top destinations are anglophone, and English is the second language most commonly taught around the world. [Read more…]  

Alberta’s ‘red hot economy’ needs more temporary foreign workers to meet demand, Jim Prentice says

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice says time is becoming a critical factor in solving the temporary foreign worker shortage, but he dismissed criticism that an exploitative province is to blame. “I’ve never agreed with the suggestion that really this is about Alberta business people trying to underpay. That is not my experience. That’s not what I’ve heard. That’s not what I’ve seen,” Prentice said in an interview. [Read more…]  

Temporary foreign workers needed for B.C.’s future, says premier

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has accused federal politicians of “tragically misdirected” policies over the issue of temporary foreign workers, as she pushes for the thousands of skilled labourers needed for her envisioned liquefied natural gas industry. Clark took a bold stand in a speech to the province’s business community Thursday, just ahead of her government’s return to the legislature and planned introduction of new LNG laws. [Read more…]  

Ottawa to review data on employers who rely on temporary foreign workers

Employment Minister Jason Kenney says his department is reviewing data compiled on employers who rely heavily on temporary foreign workers – a move that follows concern from several companies about inaccuracies that could damage their reputations. The data, produced by the Employment Department and released to The Globe and Mail through access-to-information legislation, listed more than 2,500 employers the federal government contended turned to foreign workers to fill at least one-third of their labour force last year. [Read more…]  

Jason Kenney says no to easing new temporary foreign worker rules

Employment Minister Jason Kenney says he has no intention of easing new, stricter rules for employers who hire temporary foreign workers. “No, we will not be making fundamental changes to the reforms that were implemented in June partly because there is already a regional dimension built into the system,” Kenney said during a conference organized by Canada2020, a policy think-tank, in Ottawa today. [Read more…]  

Retract miscount of temporary foreign workers, employers tell Harper government

Two companies on the federal government’s list of employers that rely heavily on temporary foreign workers are asking Ottawa to retract and correct information they say is false and potentially damaging. Industrial giant Siemens AG and Studon Electric & Controls Inc., an Alberta construction company, are the latest employers upset by a document that was cited as a key piece of evidence to justify major changes to the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program. [Read more…]  

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