Foreign Workers Have Good Value For Canada

April 17, 2015 News,Our Blog

It’s egregious for a country built by hard-working immigrants to kick foreign workers to the curb like yesterday’s trash.

As of April 1, the government began a long process to force temporary foreign workers to leave the country.

Anyone who’s come to Canada, has worked hard and paid taxes for a number of years should be extended every opportunity to become a resident and even a citizen.

The Temporary Foreign Worker program is nothing less than an absolute shame and disgrace that stands against Canadian values, which are supposed to be inclusive towards people with a work ethic who want to contribute.

Everyone in this country, save First Nations people, is an immigrant to a degree. For those born here, it wouldn’t take too long to look back and find their roots coming from around the world, though most likely somewhere in Europe. There are many hard-working Canadians, but not everyone in this country has the same work ethic as many of the people who come here looking for opportunities at a better life.

At this point, unsophisticated minds might start proclaiming “they” are taking “our” jobs. This is not exactly a precise analysis of the situation and fails to take into account a major point.

There are stories of Canadians who claim not to be able to find work, but in many instances, they simply cannot find the work they want. There are jobs, plenty of them, just none they’re interested in.

That’s understandable to a degree, but if a person’s been out of work for an extended period of time, sponging off of unemployment insurance and suckling at the government’s teat, perhaps it’s time for that individual to suck it up and accept a job they consider beneath them — at least until such a time that person finds what he or she is looking for.

There is no shortage of well-educated Canadians struggling to find work in their professions, yet that doesn’t stop them from taking unrelated jobs in the meantime. So what excuse do the others have?

The simple fact is there are many businesses, not just in the service sector but certain labour positions in the agricultural industry for one, which struggle to find local workers.

Penalizing not only those businesses, but the foreign workers who must feel exploited and unappreciated, because of the actions of a few who abused the system is appalling, to put it mildly.

There has to be a better approach.

Even the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is urging more flexibility from the government.

The Temporary Foreign Worker program needs to be scrapped and replaced with something new. Any country should gladly welcome with open arms people who work hard — regardless of their skill sets — yet we’re tossing people away like expendable resources.

So long as businesses take every measure to find suitable local workers, they should be granted the opportunity to look elsewhere if they come up short.

The CFIB has the right idea with its proposal to replace the Temporary Foreign Worker program with a new Introduction to Canada Visa. Instead of a temporary program, the visa would be a first step toward permanent residency and targeted at workers with more junior skills sets.

“The individual would agree to work for two years with an employer while they integrate into the Canadian economy and adjust to their local community. At that point, they could become a permanent resident,” states a CFIB press release.

This would actually fall in line with Canadian values. It makes no sense for this country to turn its back on hard-working immigrants when hard-working immigrants are what made, and make, this country what it is.

Simon Ducatel is the editor of the Sundre Round Up.