Unions call for action
TORONTO — 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.
Alberta cracks down on employment agencies
EDMONTON — The Alberta government is strengthening laws to better protect workers who use employment agencies. It will be illegal for businesses to: mislead temporary foreign workers about their rights or their chance of becoming a Canadian citizen; pressure workers to lie to Canadian officials; intimidate or threaten individuals seeking work; or require workers to provide a performance bond. The changes come into effect Sept. 1.