Two or three decades ago many young Canadians gained valuable work experience thanks to part-time jobs that allowed them enough flexibility to study, work and pay college fees. I worked 12 – 15 hours a week at Burger King in order to help finance my education. The manager worked hard to accommodate students with different schedules and give all of us a chance to study and work. Students who wanted to earn extra money worked late shifts, holidays, or weekends. There was no labor shortage then and there is none today.
The difference today is that teenagers, college and university students are no longer hired by fast food establishments because of corporate greed and easy access to modern slavery from third world countries. Canadian youth cannot be abused like TFWs (Temporary Foreign Workers); they stand up for their rights and demand respect and fairness from their employers. Consequently, restaurant owners prefer to hire TFWs who can easily be forced to work any shift, work long hours at minimum wage, live in substandard housing, and in some cases pay rent to the employer who provides accommodation in some crappy apartment building.
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is not a labor shortage program. It is a wage, benefits, and human rights suppression program that serves the interests of business owners. In Canada, the unchecked expansion of this program has made it increasingly difficult for students, older workers, unemployed and seniors to find work. This slave labor program has severely flooded the labor market and is contributing to high unemployment rates amongst Canadians. It puts downward pressure on wages, erodes workplace benefits and contributes to resentment towards foreigners. Canadians are not lazy, but they are slowly being replaced by indentured slaves.
The TFWP is a form of corporate welfare that needs to be abolished; it undermines the Canadian economy and puts our futures at risk. In the end, taxpayers supporting the unemployed, marginal workers and youth pay for this business subsidy. It is time for the government to end the TFWP, so that Canadian workers can earn a decent and livable wage.
I urge everyone who cares about the future of Canadian workers to sign the petition to “End the Temporary Foreign Worker Program”.