CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 28, 2014) - The recent controversy surrounding the alleged abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program by McDonald's highlights a larger underlying issue concerning the lack of focus on educating newcomers to Canada, says a local charity focused on improving the lives of immigrants and newcomers to Canada.
"The problem isn't the TFW, it's the lack of initiative by all levels to open the doors and offer better training and education opportunities for immigrants brought to be employed in Canada," says Marija Pavkovic, one of the founders of Queen Esther (QE) Education Foundation.
"Newcomers see this country as the land of opportunity but often encounter situations where they can be taken advantage of with little recourse."
While Pavkovic agrees programs such as the TFW are needed in Canada to help fill labour gaps, she says by educating newcomers they not only become more valuable to their employers, but they have a back up plan in the form of additional career opportunities should the employment that initially brought them to Canada come to an end.
"We have experienced professionals like engineers and doctors working beneath their education and skill level, and barely surviving to make a living here in Canada," says Pavkovic. "A long-term strategy of offering fair treatment and training opportunities would not only benefit the employer and the newcomer, but our economy as a whole."
Queen Esther Education Foundation seeks to improve the lives of those in our community through the transforming power of education. Queen Esther is establishing partnerships with current employers bringing in newcomers to fill in labour shortages by providing them customized training programs in cultural sensitivity, language assistance, sanitation and health and safety. Should you be interested in these initiatives please contact QE below.