Foreign labour program has become excuse for many employers to pay lower wages

The controversial federal program that allows employers to hire non-Canadians continues to grow more quickly than the overall Canadian labour market – through good times and bad, and despite persistent unemployment and scant evidence of widespread labour shortages.

The program was back in the news last week when the federal government blacklisted several employers, including a McDonald’s franchise in Victoria that was allegedly bringing in Filipino workers when Canadians were apparently ready and able to do the work.