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Walkom: Ottawa’s low-wage immigration policy threatens turmoil

posted May 21, 2012, 2:12 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated May 21, 2012, 2:13 PM ]
Published On Fri Apr 27 2012
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist
Toronto Star

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley announced this week that Ottawa will now let employers pay temporary foreign workers less than Canadians.

On Wednesday, Finley journeyed to Alberta to announce that Ottawa will make it easier — not harder — for employers to hire temporary foreign skilled workers.

More importantly, she said Ottawa will allow employers to pay such foreign workers 15 per cent less than the prevailing wage.

Up to now, employers had to pay temporary foreign skilled workers the going rate. If comparable Canadian workers in an area received on average, say, $20 an hour, foreign workers would have to be paid the same.

No more.

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