More on the Strange Economics of Temporary Foreign Workers
Further to my and David Green’s posts on the strange economics of temporary foreign workers ..
it is strking to observe that such workers are NOT overwhelmingly concentrated in the Western provinces with well below average unemployment rates. In fact, data presented to an Alberta consultation on the program by the Alberta Federation of Labour show that almost half (44.7%) of the 166,239 temporary foreign workers in Canada in December, 2006 were to be found in Ontario – more than in Alberta (13.5%) and BC (21.8%) combined. And, of the 23,534 increase in the number of TFWs over the last year, 8,785 was in Ontario – almost equal to Ontario’s share of the national job market.
Even the mainstream commentators who think that Canada has a “tight” job market concede some considerable slack in Ontario as industrial jobs are shed in large numbers. So what’s going on here? Are Ontario employers really unable to recruit in the province – or is this program just a tap to be opened on employer request without regard for the real state of the job market?