Labour congress warns of foreign worker 'exploitation'
StatsCan says effect of temporary foreign workers on employment estimates is "negligible"
Saskatchewan may be creating thousands of new jobs, but most are held by migrant workers according to a recent study by the Canadian Labour Congress.
Between 2008 and 2011, 65 per cent of "net new jobs created" were held by temporary foreign workers, the CLC said Friday, citing data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada.
CLC president Ken Georgetti said he wants those workers "placed in the permanent immigration stream, not exploited in temporary migration schemes."
A spokesperson for Industry Canada, however, disputes the CLC's numbers, citing a recent statement from Statistics Canada that says temporary foreign workers cannot accurately be traced by the Labour Force Survey.
The effect of temporary foreign workers on employment estimates is "negligible," said Statistics Canada.
Saskatchewan continues to enjoy one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada. Last month, four per cent of people in the province were unemployed. Nationally, April's unemployment rate was 7.2 per cent.
"We want to keep this momentum going," said Kent Smith-Windsor, the executive director of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce in a news release today.
The Chamber said businesses in Saskatoon created 700 new jobs in April. It did not specify what types of jobs those were.
It said it has set an "aggressive target" of creating 8,000 jobs each year in Saskatoon, "to create sufficient employment opportunities for our educated young people."