Myth 1: Temporary foreign worker program creates jobs for Canadians
A report by C. D. Howe Institute shows that the temporary foreign worker program increases unemployment in certain sectors of the economy.
Myth 2: There’s an acute labour shortage in Canada
Research conducted by University of Lethbridge scholars found that “there were no skill shortages across the country, no labour shortages across the country, but there were pockets of regional shortages and cyclical shortages. By cyclical, we mean that there were periods in which shortages exist but they don’t last long. What the evidence says is that’s what has happened throughout Canada’s history, which is not rocket science.”
Myth 3: The temporary foreign workers are only working in rural areas where it is hard to attract Canadian workers
A map of companies approved for temporary foreign workers generated by NTFW.CA show that the TFW employers are mostly concentrated in urban centres such as Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.
Myth 4: The temporary foreign workers are doing highly specialized jobs
Analyses of NTFW.CA data show that the largest portion of the businesses that received authorizations were in the food service sector.
Myth 5: Canadian workers are lazy, whereas the temporary foreign workers are hard workers
Dan Kelly, the president Canadian Federation for Independent Business, has offered no objective evidence to support his assertion that “The strengths of some of the TFW workers, in terms of their work ethic is, it pains me to say this, but, sometimes it is better than that of their Canadian counterparts.”
Mr. Kelly later offered a clarification by saying: “as outlined in the actual quote, I said that some small business owners rank TFWs among their most productive employees. In most cases, small business owners tell me that they have many terrific, hard-working Canadian staff, but just need more of them.”