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Ottawa blocking badly-needed workers from entering B.C.

'Hundreds of millions' of dollars lost, says B.C. construction industry

B.C. construction companies are accusing Ottawa of squandering "hundreds of millions of dollars" worth of business by shutting out hundreds of skilled foreign workers.

"I am depressed," tilesetter Ben Anca told CBC News. "Because I am expecting my government to work with me, not to completely disregard my needs and my company's needs."

Anca's Vancouver-area company, Zig-Zag Finishes Enterprises Inc., is one of dozens of B.C. employers trying to bring in temporary workers from other countries, to fill about 20,000 job openings in B.C.'s hot construction market.

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