Canada-based immigration consultants and trucking firms with questionable safety records have come up with new ways for exploiting migrants that are looking for a job in Canada. An investigation by The Globe and Mail has come to the finding that in such immigration frauds involving trucking firms, unprepared drivers were being sent out, putting many lives at risk.
As per The Globe and Mail, trucking companies in Canada hire newcomers through the medium of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Typically, immigration consultants in Canada suggest trucking jobs to foreign workers, promoting trucking jobs as an easier route to Canadian permanent residency. Many from India have fallen prey to such immigration frauds in Canada. Along with no previous exposure to snow or ice, many migrant workers from India put to trucking jobs in Canada are also not provided any training as well. Usually, the working conditions are not safe.
Driving an 18-wheeler semi-trailer and successfully navigating through treacherous mountain passes can be quite unnerving for most. A wide majority of Indians that end up in trucking jobs in Canada had not even considered ever becoming a truck driver.
Despite the practice being illegal, both – that is, the immigration consultants and as well as the trucking firms – take cash payouts in exchange for jobs.
Centred in Surrey in the province of British Columbia, the dangerous – yet lucrative – immigration scheme involving trucking jobs is exploiting newcomers to Canada and putting lives at risk throughout the country.
Audio recordings in possession of The Globe and Mail reveal that consultants have even asked for $35,000 to $55,000 for a trucking job. Generally, this is quite a high sum for an aspiring migrant to arrange for a job in Canada. Majority borrow money for paying the consultant for the job.
Unable to handle their trucks and understand the Canadian road signs, the inexperience of the novice drivers has led to several near misses and some crashes as well. This was revealed in many documented cases as well as interviews with industry representatives, tow operators, dispatchers and truck drivers.
The immigration fraud centred on trucking companies has flourished unchecked in Canada as there is an absence of systemic integration between those overseeing the immigration system at the federal level and the regulators for the trucking industry in the individual provinces.
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