Final Essay - The use of migrant labour in Canada has substantially increased over the past several years The Temporary Foreign Worker Program was

Final Essay - The use of migrant labour in Canada has...

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The use of migrant labour in Canada has substantially increased over the past several years. The Temporary Foreign Worker Program was created to allow foreign workers to come to Canada and work in jobs that require labour that is not readily available in Canada. This government-funded program applies to agricultural workers, live-in caregivers, lower skilled and higher skilled occupations as well. This is largely due to the neoliberal policy shift that has occurred in Canada in order to enhance the economy. This way, workers come to Canada to fill the jobs that Canadians cannot, and the workers are not affecting a Canadian’s ability to find a job in their chosen field. The workers that come to Canada with this program work on a short-term basis, and some are able to transition into permanent residency if they meet all the requirements. This essay will discuss the standard employment relationship between the foreign workers and their employers, and its effects on the Canadian economy. Employers are able to put in a request for a Temporary Foreign Worker through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, if they are able to prove that a Canadian citizen or permanent resident is unable to fill the role. However, these migrant programs make the foreign worker completely the responsibility of the employer, with the employer being able to take advantage of the migrant. These workers can receive up to 15 percent lower wages than the minimum wage amount in Canada. The Canadian government does not regulate the wages of these workers, and they are often underpaid. “Migrant workers thus represent the ‘perfect workforce’ in an era of evolving global capital-labour relations: commodified and exploitable; flexible and expendable,” (Walia, 2010).
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