The federal government says it is serious about job-training. It is not.
If it were, it would not make it so easy for business to hire cheap workers from abroad.
This is the dirty little secret about job-training in Canada. Employers don’t train workers because most don’t have to.[..]
But employers know they don’t have to train. Instead, they need only wait until the last minute and then complain of labour shortages.
Over the last decade, as my friends at the Globe and Mail have reported, the number of temporary workers admitted to Canada has more than tripled, from 101,000 to 338,000.
This in the midst of the worst recession since the 1930s. Business insists that such workers are needed because skilled Canadians are unavailable.
But far too often the real reason is that foreign workers are willing to work for less. The Conservative government has codified this practice by permitting Canadian employers to pay their foreign workers up to 15 per cent less than the going wage.
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