Wednesday, 26 March 2008

New immigrants need good jobs. Too bad there are no good jobs for new immigrants.

Here is a commentary concerning immigration found in the Toronto Star that, as usual, fails to see the obvious. The commentator makes it his business to tell us that new immigrants need good jobs. Well so do many Canadians but who cares about them anyway? Has it occurred to this commentator that maybe there are no "good jobs" for new immigrants? That perhaps the alleged "skills shortage" is a lie used to sell Canadians on a policy that the majority are opposed to so as to import cheap labour from the third world to fill unfilled low waged jobs at fast food restaurants?

His commentary provides some valuable insight.

New immigrants need good jobs

Mar 25, 2008 04:30 AM
Mehdi Rizvi
Community Editorial Board

The federal budget said that $22 million will be spent over two years, rising to $37 million per year by 2012-13, to "modernize" the immigration system, allowing faster processing of permanent resident applications.

The program is designed to shorten wait times for immigrants who have skills that would have an "immediate impact" on the economy. But it does not reflect realistic thinking immigration. Our enthusiasm to bring immigrants in quickly and our inability to create jobs in their chosen fields are contradictory.

The immigration process does not conclude with the stamping of a visa at the airport. It should be considered complete only when the landed immigrant finds a skills-oriented job with pay adequate to meet household expenses; otherwise it is merely an exercise in increasing poverty in Canada and frustration in immigrant families.

This is what I have been saying all along. We bring in immigrants regardless of their job prospects. We just assume they will find a job based on an arbitrary list of alleged labour shortages. Some labour shortages are real but others are not thus many immigrants come to Canada only to languish in low skill, low waged jobs. In effect Canada is sustaining and contributing to poverty rates.

If a doctor delivers pizza, the government considers him employed; in fact, he does not work to his potential and is unable to earn wages in keeping with his education and skills. Most newly arrived professionals are forced to accept survival jobs.

This should tip off anybody with half a brain in their head to ask the most obvious question considering these realities. Are there jobs for them here in Canada in the first place? The fact that this question is never asked is frustrating to say the least.

In 2006, the estimated 70,000 recent African-born immigrants had an unemployment rate of 20.8 per cent. Indeed, the relatively higher education level of recent immigrants does not translate into higher income. Instead, they become a source of educated but cheap labour.

A family of four that earns less than $26,800 is considered to be "low income." Between 1992 and 2000, nearly one-fifth of immigrants were in the low-income category for their first four to five years in the country.


Peel has an immigrant population of 49 per cent. A huge issue is settlement services. Immigrants live in multiple-family houses with several families compressed into a small place in violation of all safety standards.

This is what Christopher Hume means when he wrote about suburban slums.

One-third of all existing Canadian jobs are temporary, without benefits or security. That the political will to address the root problem is lacking is evident from the results to date. This problem needs to be taken seriously at all levels.

He goes on to suggest a strategy of job growth but the reality is that much of the job growth is in low wage service based jobs and for this reason immigrants are being brought into Canada en masse. If this commentator wants to address this issue with genuine intent he will want to consider pressuring Ottawa to reduce immigration numbers. If we don't then nothing is going to change for immigrants now or tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

I am a permanent resident in Ontario, originally from the UK. After much research, many visits and a large sum of money I believed I had chosen an area of Canada that needed my teaching experience. However, it took 3 years to process my paperwork - by which time the jobs were no longer available. I gave up a $70,000 p/a career to live on the bread line with $28,000 p/a. After 3 years of ridiculous amounts of red tape, multiple copies, prejudice and inexcusable ignorance I have decided to return to the UK. Canada you need to join the 21st century and realize we are now living in a global community! Education is an incredibly important aspect of any country - yet Canada has not even yet organized itself nationally! Credentials are not accepted across provinces. Children are taught different curriculum from one side of Canada to another - and even try to throw in qualifications from over the border and the powers that be cringe and panic! Canada is one of the very few countries, if not the only country, left that does not advertise its teaching positions globally. This, I have now found out, is not because it wants the best possible teachers - oh no! To gain employment in Canada as a teacher you have to prove that you are willing to play the waiting game and be satisfied with part time teaching posts until it is your turn to be employed - no matter that you can do the job far better than somebody else - or even that you have the correct qualifications - if you haven't waited your turn - the job's not yours! Canada there is a world out there that is overtaking you in every possible way, you can either leave your head in the sand or embrace the world's new technologies and standards and join the world of tomorrow - as for me - I have been offered a position that pays twice as much, gives private medical cover, supports my professional career and I have laptops and an electronic white board in my classroom. Why struggle to survive in a beautiful country, when I can work in a beautiful environment and then be able to afford to go on vacation in any beautiful country I choose? Well, I guess there is no choice really. Goodbye Canada, your land is beautiful, your people are wonderful but your system is flawed!

PaxCanadiana said...

Sorry to hear about your situation but you are not alone. Other immigrants professionals have been scammed by an unscrupulous immigration system whose only interest in you is your money and businesses who desire to exploit you for cheap labour. And this is allowed by Canada's political parties to appease the so-called ethnic vote and win ridings and elections. None of it has your best interests at heart.

There is, in fact, a glut of teachers in Canada right now. If Canada's immigration system was honest it would report this and prevent the importation of teachers and fed false hopes, costing the immigrant time, money, and some dignity.

I advise you not to be silent and tell other professionals seeking to immigrate that they do so at their own peril. Canada deserves the bad reputation. Lives and careers have been ruined and it needs to stop.

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Anonymous said...

Im a teacher backhome, i came here in canada last 2006 and i am canadian citizen until now I cant get a good job, is this canada€? I am working as laborer on and off.