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The federal government’s Job Bank is touted as “the best way” 
to find skilled foreign workers.

Looking for foreign workers? Express Entry program has 60,000 of them

The website has profiles of more than 60,000 foreign workers who qualify for permanent residency

In this day and age, finding skilled foreign workers is a little like Internet dating. “Jobbank.gc.ca is the best way to find foreign workers,” said Dean Jorgenson, employer liaison officer with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. “You’re given an opportunity to essentially fish from the Express Entry pool, as well as other job seekers who […] Read more

Farm and agri-food employers hail call for foreign worker reform

A new parliamentary report backs their recommendations to fix critical 
shortage of workers, but will the federal government act on them?

Farm employers and food processors are hoping a new report will spur Ottawa to revamp its temporary foreign worker program. “There are lots of things in the report that are very positive for ag and agri-food,” said Mark Chambers, senior production manager with Sunterra Farms and co-chair of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Task Force. […] Read more


The Canadian Meat Council says there are about 1,000 vacancies in meat-packing plants across the country.

Jobs minister ‘uninformed’ about ag labour crisis

MaryAnn Mihychuk says packers should step up recruiting, but there are 1,000 jobs that Canadians don’t want

The new federal jobs minister simply doesn’t understand the labour crisis faced by the country’s meat-packing industry, says the co-chair of an industry labour task force. Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says meat packers don’t need temporary foreign workers because there are tens of thousands of laid-off workers who could be recruited. “In the present circumstance, where […] Read more

Meat processors, including Cargill’s High River facility, are struggling to find workers despite “endless” domestic recruitment.

A Liberal ‘fix’ for temporary foreign worker program may be elusive

New government’s pledge to help beleaguered meat processors will be a tough sell

The new Liberal government has vowed to fix the broken federal temporary foreign worker program for Canada’s beleaguered meat processors — but that may not be enough. Despite “endless” domestic recruitment and a seven per cent unemployment rate in Canada, the country’s meat industry is still short about 1,000 workers. And the situation “just gets […] Read more