Firms turn blind eye to immigration status

Illegal immigrants aren’t a viable solution, but some industries are desperate for workers
By Kristan Wolfe
|CHRR, Report on Recruitment & Staffing|Last Updated: 05/21/2006

Canadian employers, particularly those in the construction and hospitality industries, are grappling with a severe shortage of skilled workers. Because of this, many companies are turning a blind eye to the immigration status of those they hire.

This practice is not new, but has been a hot topic of debate recently. Despite public attention, however, policy-makers have yet to offer solutions that meet the needs of employers short on skilled staff and avoid sending the message that this country’s immigration laws need not be taken seriously.

For the new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Monte Solberg, it’s the latter concern that takes priority. He recently said that the federal government plans to deport about 10,000 people this year, which is on par with the rate of removal of the last two years.