As many as 57 foreign workers have been shipped to southern Alberta to reinforce Canadian Tire's dwindling ranks amidst a competitive job market.
A Sun source said at least 57 foreign workers arrived in the city last Saturday, destined to work for the national retail giant in Red Deer, Calgary and Airdrie.
Although not a tidal wave yet, the number of companies turning to foreign labour to fill less skilled positions is growing, said Calgary Chamber of Commerce president Heather Douglas yesterday.
With the Christmas rush looming, bringing workers from overseas is a quick fix to a crucial problem in the retail sector, she said.
"It is still a small percentage ... but certainly more chamber members are telling us that more of them are looking abroad for ways to bring people in on a temporary work permit in order to get the work done and keep the economy in Calgary going," said Douglas.
Shame your shiftless ne'er-do-well drunkard cousin into doing an honest day's work for a change with this news. Why should Alberta have to import foreigners to do this work when there are able-bodied Canadians who should be doing it?
Source: Calgary Sun