Dishing Up Migrant Workers for the Canadian Food Services Sector: Labor Law and the Demand for Migrant Workers
28 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2018
Date Written: 2017
This article examines one subsector-food services-in order to explore the symbiotic relationship between migration controls and labor market regulation with the goal of illustrating how labor market institutions in a specific sector shape government responses to employers' demand for migrant labor. Specifically, we focus on the demand for migrant labor in the food services sector in the province of British Columbia in Canada to show how labor regulation in that sector reinforces precarious work, creates a domestic labor shortage, and shapes employer preferences for migrant workers. We use the case study to address two questions: How does the institutional and regulatory framework for the food services sector in the province of British Columbia shape employer demand for migrant workers? How did the federal government respond to employer demand for migrant workers in the food services sector?
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