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Unions call for action; Feds looking to ease immigration backlog; Alberta cracks down on employment agencies
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/26/2012

Unions call for action

— The federal government should take meaningful steps toward crafting a national good jobs strategy, according to Ken Lewenza, president of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW). Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), is also calling on the federal government to use its upcoming budget to assist in creating good, family-supporting jobs. The CLC wants Ottawa to invest, in partnership with the provinces and cities, in a major, multi-year program of infrastructure projects and public services.

Feds looking to ease immigration backlog

OTTAWA — The government of Canada is looking at ways to streamline the immigration system to eliminate a backlog of more than one million applicants. The government is considering many options such as having provinces go through the backlog of applicants and pick out people with the qualifications companies need, said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.