Recruitment fee from Canada temporary foreign workers-Probe sought

This has been asserted by Canada immigration minister Jason Kenney.

Recruitment fees from Canada temporary foreign workers—The issue of two organizations allegedly involved in charging recruitment fees from temporary foreign workers for finding them employment in Canada has called for an immediate probe by CBSA(Canada Border Services Agency).

As per the details, a businessman based in B.C. collected thousands of dollars from two Chinese nationals seeking employment in his fast-food chain.

The evidence possessed by these two young Chinese include taped transcriptions (of the conversation) as well as documents to show that the BC businessman received huge amount as unlawful ‘recruitment fees’.

Jobs-for-cash TFW schemes—Kenney warns--There have been an increasing number of reports of jobs-for-cash TFW(Temporary Foreign Workers) scheme in Canada, Kenney confirmed.

He alerted that a fine of up to $100,000 along with a jail term extending to two years is going to be imposed on anyone found to be violating the rules of Immigration and Refugee Protection Act by posing as an unauthorized immigration consultant or immigration agent.

In addition, anyone who is found to be coaxing someone for violation of Canada rules will be guilty of fraud as per the Criminal Code, he alerted to potential violators or offenders of Canada legislation.

As per the BC Employment Standards Act, any employer is forbidden to request, receive or share, either directly or indirectly, any fee from an aspirant looking for employment in Canada.

BC needs tougher laws, higher penalty for recruitment fees--Those found to be charging fees in lieu of jobs in Canada must be penalized with a higher fine. Currently, Canadian province BC(British Columbia) levies of maximum fine of $500 for employers charging recruitment fees for the first time from aspirants for jobs.

The maximum fine for a third offence is $10,000. However, this fine is quite less to mend the unscrupulous employers from charging unlawful fees in Canada.

Hence, such fine should be increased under the Employers Standards Act by the BC government, Kenney stressed. B.C. government must consider to increase the maximum fine to send a strong warning to anyone seeking to exploit the vulnerable temporary foreign workers seeking jobs in Canada, Kenney urged.

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