Temporary foreign workers in British Columbia's construction industry: friends or rivals

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Author: Kim, Ahna
This study assesses the extent to which opposition to temporary foreign workers exists in British Columbia’s construction industry and uses the findings to suggest policies designed to address the concerns of resident workers. Using a survey of resident workers, the study examines the economic rationale behind their opposition to the employment of temporary foreign workers and determines whether skill levels affect the degree of opposition. The survey finds that resident workers are most concerned about potential lowering of wages and that a large minority would like the number of temporary foreign workers be reduced. These findings are validated through a key informant interview with an employer. The study concludes by suggesting that a Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Office and Hotline as well as a Construction Job Bank be created to help ensure that program’s rules are being adhered to and enforced.
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