Canada to probe RBC’s use of foreign workers; Construction industry forms new organization
04/22/2013|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/23/2013
Canada to probe RBC’s use of foreign workers
TORONTO — The Canadian government is investigating a CBC report that says the country’s largest bank plans to use temporary foreign workers hired by an outsourcing company to effectively replace existing staff, a situation the government said would be unacceptable. The report said RBC was planning to eliminate about 50 employees at its investor services division in Toronto and have the work done by outsourcing company iGate. But RBC denied that it had hired temporary foreign workers to take over the work of its current employees and said it requires the outsourcing firm it is using to comply with local laws.
Construction industry forms new organization
OTTAWA — Construction industry leaders have formed a new national organization to help keep a steady flow of highly skilled workers available to the growing industry. BuildForce Canada replaces the Construction Sector Council (CSC), which is no longer active due to the end of the federal government’s Sector Council Program. “We have a new brand, a new board of directors, a new funding model and a new governance structure,” said executive director Rosemary Sparks. “But our mandate will continue to address the need for a skilled workforce in the construction industry.”