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Recruiters charging foreign workers in Ontario illegal fees as high as $12,000 for jobs that might not exist, report finds




Rachel Browne


The number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has more than tripled since 2000 to 338,213 in 2012 providing a boon for job recruiters, some of whom are exploiting foreign workers, a new report finds.

Recruiters are charging fees as high as $12,000 for jobs that might not exist and seizing workers’ passports, the report, published Tuesday by the Metcalf Foundation, says.

Such practices persist among live-in caregivers, who are theoretically protected against these practices by Ontario law, as well as migrant workers, who aren’t protected, in other “lower skill” industries such as agriculture, food processing, and cleaning.

Newspaper title

Financial Post


Economic sectors

Occupations in services - Domestic work, Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing, Light duty cleaner, and General relevance - all sectors

Content types

Documented cases of abuse and Numbers of migrant workers

Target groups

Public awareness

Geographical focuses

Ontario and National relevance