Canada needs more foreign highly skilled workers in construction

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Canada’s Building Trades Union (CBTU) has proposed to federal parliamentary committee for more foreign highly skilled workers in construction jobs.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian employers to hire more foreign temporary labor and skilled employees due to shortage of Canadian permanent residents.

Bob Blakely, the Canadian operating officer with CBTU, said; we don’t have enough

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employees at the peak time of construction activities and an outage occurs ‘when an industrial facility is shut down for duration of 42 days. The shutdown is a ‘planned period of downtime for facility maintenance, which involves stripping a facility apart and putting it back together again to get the facility fully operational. We hire “employees whose skills had been assessed previously who are highly skilled and can work at high stress, relatively risky job”. He said.

CBTU said during its testimony; Temporary Foreign Working employees play an integral part in Canada’s economy by helping then to meet the requirements as they have shortage of domestic highly skilled employees in construction jobs.

According to the Daily Commercial News article, one of the biggest problems with the TFWP occurred as a ‘result of rapid expansion in the number of low-skilled workers under the previous Conservative government.

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