Ontario on the right track to protect foreign nationals

CMI pushes for licensed recruiters and employer accountability

TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - The Canadian Migration Institute (CMI) is encouraged by the Bill introduced in the Ontario Legislature, Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act (Live-in Caregivers and Others), 2009. The bill is a step in the right direction to protect vulnerable foreign nationals from unscrupulous recruiters and employers.

"I am pleased with the introduction of this Bill. It reflects many of the proposals CMI presented to the Ministry of Labour earlier this year. CMI will continue to encourage the Minister to license all recruiters in the province of Ontario and require them to be members of either the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants or a Canadian Law Society or the Chambre des notaires du Québec," said Imran Qayyum, Chair, Canadian Migration Institute.

"Foreign nationals often find themselves the victims of unscrupulous agents and recruiters while they are still in their countries of origin. All too often, they have limited information about the working and living conditions in Ontario. This makes the worker an easy target for manipulation and misinformation by recruiters and employers," added Mr. Qayyum.

CMI embraces corporate social responsibility and believes that the Government of Ontario must do all it can to provide foreign nationals with the same protections enjoyed by Canadians working in Ontario. The Bill falls short of addressing the shortcomings in the current system in order to combat the exploitation and abuse of foreign nationals.

Earlier this year CMI made the following four recommendations to Ontario's Minister of Labour:

    1. Mandatory licensing of recruiters
    2. Require all employers to register
    3. Recruiters and employers to be prohibited from charging workers
       recruitment related fees.
    4. Improved enforcement

CMI's submission is available at www.csic-scci.ca.

The role of the Canadian Migration Institute is to provide a platform for authorized representatives to work collaboratively together to enhance their profession. To do this CMI has implemented various strategies for growth and development. CMI has several chapters throughout Canada to provide regional support through accredited educational programs, advocacy on provincial issues and a local network for interaction and connection amongst authorized representatives.


For further information: For further information: Contact: Tiffany Nyklickova, (416) 815-4277, tnyklickova@cmi-icm.ca

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