Canada is desperate for employees and they have headed to Barbados to find some.
This from vice-president of the Diamond Global Recruiting agency, Benjamin Guth, who spoke with the media this morning in the office of the Ministry of Labour at the Warrens Office Complex.
DGRA has planned a job recruitment fair to be held tomorrow and Saturday at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Two Mile Hill, St Michael, in this effort. “We are desperate, Canada needs people . . . . We are the second largest land mass on the planet, 95 per cent of our population lives within 200 kilometres of the US border.
What that means is there is a massive amount of Canada that is unpopulated and desperate to be populated. Right now as Canada grows north and our cities expand we need people to help settle in these locations. We need people to help build the roads, serve the food, man our hotels, help with mineral extraction, agriculture . . . ,” he said.
“Our ageing population is going to be one of our biggest struggles over the next ten to 20 years. A report released last night . . . outlines Alberta alone, in the next ten years will be short 97,000 people. So we are actively searching for the new face of Canada. We believe, hope, that Barbados is the answer. We have incredible jobs that we are searching for really strong candidates to fill while we are at this show . . . and we are hoping to leave . . . with signed contracts for a few positions.
“Hopefully we will be able to find some really good candidates while we are here and we will be able to let people know that Canada is open, we have incredible jobs, great opportunities, the money is good, the process is seamless and we are here to help.” The VP told the media his company represented some 100 Canadian companies, and the majority of jobs they were recruiting for were for an average of two to four years. They are seeking Barbadians between the ages 18 to 45 with a clean police record.
Director of operations Sean Stewart noted that while there were potential opportunities to recruit professionals, at this time they were actively desirous of filling positions in a wide scope of industries such as hospitality and mechanics. So far, there have been about 40 people recruited through this programme since last November.
“This is a country built by immigration, we need programmes like this to be able to further grow our country so as a result every single employee every individual that comes through this programme will be treated and allowed the same rights and freedoms as all Canadians when it comes to all levels of employment, and that includes protecting their wages . . . . Health care is 100 per cent included from day one,” Guth added as he stress no exploitation will take place,” said Guth.
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