Temporary Foreign Workers and Regional Labour Market Disparities in Canada

46 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2010

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Dominique M. Gross

Simon Fraser University - School of Public Policy

Date Written: June 2009

Abstract

Temporary foreign worker programmes are seen as short-term solutions to shortages of regional or occupational labour. During the past decade, Canada experienced unprecedented economic growth and some regions appeared to suffer from acute labour shortages. The country’s temporary foreign worker programme was thus expanded to include all types of low-skill workers and access by employer was made easier. During the same period, wide regional discrepancies in unemployment rates persisted as the adjustment mechanism for convergence in regional labour markets did not seem to function. This paper shows that some of the persistence is due to increased availability of temporary foreign workers suggesting they are not priced correctly to avoid adverse effects on the Canadian labour market.

Keywords: Temporary foreign workers, regional unemployment, immigration policy

JEL Classification: F22, R23, J61, J64, J68

Suggested Citation

Gross, Dominique M., Temporary Foreign Workers and Regional Labour Market Disparities in Canada (June 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1678052 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1678052

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