Trucking firm suspended from temporary foreign worker program

Eassons Transport Ltd. of Berwick was suspended from the program on May 1, Employment and Social Development Canada said on its website.

“There are reasonable grounds to suspect that the employer or group of employers provided false, misleading or inaccurate information in the context of the request for that opinion,” the website states.

The company had participated in the Labour Market Opinion process, which is needed to determine whether a company qualifies for the federal program.

Company president Paul Easson and other members of the business’s leadership team could not be reached for comment Friday.

There has been a driver shortage in Canada’s trucking industry for the past 10 years and hiring temporary foreign workers has helped his company with staffing, Easson told CBC News.

He said the company hired about a dozen Jamaican drivers through the federal program and needs more to cover summer vacations.