Employment and Social Development Canada is investigating an ad placed by a company that provides immigration services for Canadian companies looking for Temporary Foreign Workers.
This development follows our own investigation into claims made by the Alberta Federation of Labour into job-seeker ads they say backs up their concerns over abuse of the TFW program.
The ad for “welders and related machine operators” was placed on the website Kijiji, and according to the AFL, advertised for what is half the starting wage for an average welder in Alberta.
AFL president Gil McGowan says this is part of a “shell game” to help employers recruit temporary foreign workers by first going through the motions with ads for Canadian workers.
Miles Andrey, the LMO recruitment specialist at Canadian Shield Immigration who posted the Kijiji ad, denies those claims by the AFL saying in an email statement “… it is clear to us that LMOs (or LMIAs) are not going to be issued by the Federal Government for any position(s) at a pay rate that is substantially lower than the market rate for a particular area.”
Andrey also denies being a recruiter, saying Canadian Shield Immigration only applies for LMIAs for “Canadian employers who would consider hiring Temporary Foreign Workers.”
In a follow-up phone interview, Andrey defended using a recruitment ad in Kijiji saying he’s had “many” Canadians apply for the position.
In response to our query to Employment and Social Development Canada, the department emailed us a statement saying the employer made a request not for welders, but wire process operators which the ESDC approved.
The ESDC says it will now investigate the file.
According to the statement “… if the employer was actually seeking welders, they will be found to have broken the rules of the program and will face serious consequences, including: having their LMOs revoked, being named on a public blacklist (and) having their ability to hire foreign workers cut off.”
“There are also serious criminal sanctions, including fines and jail time, if employers lie on their applications about their efforts to hire Canadians,” it says.