Canadian Foreign Workers being targeted by shady employment recruiters

Canadian Foreign Workers should beware of shady immigration consultants

Unscrupulous immigration consultants have been widely reported on in the media of late, taking advantage of immigrants and taking their money while offering little in return and in some cases, nothing in return. They finally received enough attention for the government to propose new rules to regulate the industry, but now some Canadian job recruiters are taking advantage of temporary foreign workers.

The Calgary Herald reported on one woman who paid almost $6,000 to an employment agency and learned there was no job for her after she landed, even though she had a work permit and experience.

Hundreds of separate investigations in Alberta have been launched within the past four years alone, looking into these employment agencies and their charging of fees for essentially doing nothing. Charging fees to help someone find a job is illegal, so the fees go by other names, like “settlement” fees.

In the fall, Ottawa is expected to receive recommendations on how to fix the problems because no matter which province the problems occur in, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program is a federal program.

In December 2009, there were approximately 283,000 temporary foreign workers in all of Canada.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney proposed new measures last year that would help solve these problems such as having a better assessment process of potential job offers, checking out employers with regards to their compliance with labour laws and placing restrictions on hiring foreign workers if the employer is found to break promises about wages and work conditions.

Those changes have not come to pass, but other changes have been considered with regards to employment agencies, such as: revising the definition of an employment agency, requiring written contracts between job seekers, employers and employment agencies, putting an end to false advertising, threatening deportation and misrepresenting wages and the rights of workers and regulating fees for settlement services. It should be decided this fall as to whether any of these proposals will become reality.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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  • Irene


    I come from Greece and I’m seeking for a full time job in Vancouver area.
    I intend to be in your country by the end of 2013, perhaps earlier if possible, it depends on your help… I could come tomorrow if you send me your ok 🙂
    This implies a sponsorship so as to be able to get my visa as soon as possible because I don’t currently have the right to work in Canada. Don’t reject me before you “meet me” just because of that. I can assure you that you won’t regret it.
    I am quite an extrovert person, full experienced with excellent communication skills and a fast learner as you can also read in my cv. I have a gifted talent in sales, that s what everyone says about me and I d really loved to get in touch with you via skype or telephone in order to your “investigation” of my profile.
    Although a team player I managed to be distinguished amongst thousands of employees earning awards for my perfect performance as a hard-worker.
    I can handle perfectly human resource even under difficult circumstances – it is also “awarded” by my employer as it is referred in my cv.
    Crisis in Greece gave me the opportunity to be one of the best problems dealer and solver also.
    My foresight never betrayed me and I am confident that even after the “huge decision” I made-immigrating to Canada-all this is only for the good.
    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Respectfully yours

    • Michael Niren

      Hello Irene

      We are not an employment agency. If you are looking for a job in Canada, you should contact one to match you with a prospective employer. If you get a job offer, we can assist you with a Work visa.

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