Agency ordered to stop charging job placement fees

Ontario company charged foreign workers up to $18,000 to find jobs in Alberta
||Last Updated: 01/28/2008

An Ontario agency charged temporary foreign workers up to $18,000 to come to Canada and get jobs as tradespeople in Alberta, in direct violation of Alberta's laws.

In Alberta, recruiting and employment agencies, no matter where they are located, must be licensed with the province and cannot charge workers for connecting them with jobs in Alberta. Service Alberta has ordered WorldWide Workforce of Wodbridge, Ont., to immediately stop demanding money from people seeking work in Alberta and acting as an employment agency.

WorldWide Workforce, owned by Rupinder Pal (Bob) Singh, told at least seven men that in order to come to Canada and get a job in Alberta they would have to pay the agency about $18,000. The workers also had to pay all their own travel expenses.