Foreign worker program broken: Labour advocates

But program can be a 'probation period' to find right fit
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/02/2009

The temporary foreign worker program is heavily skewed to accommodate the needs of companies and is creating a “sub-class” of workers, according to a recent report from the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL).

However, the Alberta government and industry groups claim the system has worked as planned to meet the demands of a tight labour market.

The province has seen a surge in foreign workers. In 2008, there were 57,843, an increase of 55 per cent from the previous year. However, the report Entrenching Exploitation claims low-skilled workers are charged exorbitant, illegal fees from brokers, live under constant threats of deportation and suffer widespread abuse of their rights at work, including a lack of overtime pay and altered wages.