Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

December 14, 2008 09:14 ET

Minister Kenney Very Concerned About B.C. Human Rights Tribunal Decision on Foreign Workers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2008) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement regarding the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal decision on foreign workers:

"I am very concerned by the recent decision of the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal regarding wages for temporary foreign workers, particularly in light of the fact that these workers were being compensated at the same level as Canadian workers, and had voted to decertify the union that filed the complaint.

While this is a matter between the employer and its employees, we are monitoring the situation closely. Especially during a period of economic uncertainty, Canada's economy and the success of many Canadian businesses depends, in part, on the contribution of foreign workers. We are committed to ensuring the Temporary Foreign Worker program continues to benefit workers while helping employers meet short-term labour needs when no suitable Canadian workers are available."

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    613-954-1064
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Media Relations Unit
    Communications Branch
    613-952-1650
    CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca