Foreign workers: Microsoft gets green light from Ottawa for foreign trainees

The federal government has granted an exemption to Microsoft Canada that will allow the company to bring in an unspecified number of temporary foreign workers to British Columbia as trainees without first looking for Canadians to fill the jobs.

A notice posted on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website says foreign workers will receive specialized training in a new human resources development centre in the province. The tech giant will not have to perform a labour market impact assessment (LMIA) — a rigorous process that would include a search for Canadians who could fill the positions.

The exemption was granted under a provincial-federal agreement that gives a pass to companies that gain provincial approval.

The Canadian government argues the arrangement is the result of a significant investment by Microsoft that will create jobs for Canadians as well at a new 400-person training centre.

Nevertheless, some legal observers say the decision appears at odds with the government’s promise to crack down on abuse in the system in order to protect Canadian jobs…

There was no press release for this: just a small note on their website: I suspect they do not want to draw attention to the issue — importing foreign skilled tech workers has been extremely controversial in the USA.  The tech companies are unhappy that they cannot import more — I suppose they figured they could try Canada.



h/t Marvin

  • More bullshit.

    • Alain

      And more corporate socialism. This is exactly why the neo-marxists protesting against capitalism is so ridiculous. If only we actually had real capitalism which requires a free market.

  • DD_Austin

    The exemption was granted under a provincial-federal agreement that gives a pass to companies that gain provincial approval.

    Otherwise for this sort of betrayal two Brib…..two future microsoft canada board memberships upon retirement are required

  • Cheryl

    Are Canadians not protesting? Do we not care what happens to the future generations like our grandchildren and great grandchildren? By the looks of it we don’t. People phone your government representatives and voice your concerns. Is that not what we the taxpayers are paying them to do? Foreigners are not needed in Canada for employment. There are enough Canadians here that need to be trained.

  • Ron MacDonald

    My brother does IT work in Calgary and has to compete with foreign workers for contracts. The companies that tender the contracts are owned and operated by
    East Indians and they low-ball Canadian contractors. The last contract he bid on he was offered $20 per hour knowing he would refuse it. Canadian companies should refuse to allow foreign IT workers to work on their networks for security reasons. The last thing they need is some enterprising East Indian installing a back door to their network in order to siphon off their accounts or trade secrets.

    • b_marco

      It doesn’t fucking matter. There won’t be anything worth stealing for long.

      • Frau Katze

        That seems very likely. Secrets are increasingly difficult to keep.

    • Ottawa Eyes

      Plus employers can pay very low wages because having worked in Canada gets you to the head of the immigration line. In effect they are selling Canadian landed status and eventual citizenship in return for a foreign worker getting a ridiculously low wage.

      No wonder so many companies were doing this and that we have the highest per capita immigration levels in the world.

    • Frau Katze

      How do we get through to the politicians? None of them are listening.

      • Ottawa Eyes

        I don’t know. How much does it cost to buy a politician?

        • Observer

          I don’t know how much but I bet I could find a few hundred in this country who could answer that for you.

    • Dan

      What is wrong with 20 dollars per hour, If we did not want so much from government, and voted with our head, instead of your hand out, that would be a good salary, We have to compete in the world economy, we may have priced ourselves out of competition, and there is no turning back.

      • Ron MacDonald

        You obviously have never been self-employed, he be lucky to net $5 after expenses.