Federal report calls for special treatment of immigrants

August 29, 2018

By Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun |

Imagine a government that says we should use taxpayers dollars to ensure small businesses hire immigrants over Canadian citizens.

Actually, in Justin Trudeau’s Canada you don’t have to imagine that.

A government report, one originating from the prime minister’s own department, is calling for government grants to be used to incentivitize small businesses to hire immigrants.

A policy paper called “Feminist Government” calls for small and medium-sized businesses to partner with government to help immigrants get a job using what they call a “Social Impact Bond.” The idea comes from a division of the Privy Council Office, which reports directly to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Unlike other job grant programs, this one seeks to have small and medium-sized businesses become social service agencies that work with government in a very complex scheme. The proposal includes using money to make sure immigrants, especially immigrant women, not only get their first job but are promoted, or as the report says, experience “job laddering.”

“Under the Social Impact Bond model, the government and employers, with input from stakeholders including job agencies, would first agree on the specifics of what a successful outcome for an ‘initial hire’ or ‘job laddering’ would look like,” the report reads.

“A monetary value would be assigned to each outcome, to be paid to the employer on completion, and a third-party evaluator would monitor the number of successful outcomes.”

Okay, let’s unpack that from bureacratese.

Canadian taxpayers would pay Canadian employers to give special treatment in hiring immigrants for their first job. Then if the business promoted those people, they would be paid special incentives.

All the while, the employers would have to work with government bureaucrats, job agencies and third-party evaluators to make sure they met plans dreamed up at the highest levels of the civil service. Meaning people that have no idea what it is like to run a small business.

Welcome to Justin Trudeau’s Canada.

The report was issued earlier this year and sat unnoticed in a dark corner of the Government of Canada website until uncovered by Tom Korski, a journalist with Blacklock’s Reporter.

“They say this is not government policy, merely a proposal,” Korski said. “But the fact is, it was written by government employees and they published it as a proposal. And the proposal was exactly that, to reward small business by giving them a financial incentive to hire an immigrant over a Canadian single mom, college kid, someone looking for a second job.”

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