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Beware Of Unscrupulous Agencies

Nanny bill takes aim at rogue recruiters

March 26, 2009
Dale Brazao

Flagrant abuses of overseas nannies trying to find employment in Ontario can no longer be tolerated, says a Liberal MPP who yesterday tabled a bill that would regulate recruitment agencies.

"The exploitation of vulnerable foreign workers by unscrupulous recruiters cries out for government intervention," said bill sponsor Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence).

His bill, which mirrors Manitoba legislation, calls for the licensing of all foreign-worker recruitment agencies and a ban on collecting fees from workers brought here.

It would impose penalties of $50,000 for corporations and $25,000 for individuals contravening the act.

Colle said his bill has the support of Premier Dalton McGuinty and Labour Minister Peter Fonseca.

"The wheels of government and ministries sometimes work very slowly and very methodically ... I wanted something done."

He said he hopes his bill can help bring a quick end "to systemic, fly-by-night exploitation ... that, at times, almost mirrors some form of human slavery."

The premier's office yesterday directed queries to Fonseca's ministry. Fonseca told the Star he supports addressing the issue, but stopped short of giving Colle's bill his blessing.

Fonseca has been facing vigorous criticism for failing to protect vulnerable caregivers. The minister repeatedly has said problems with the foreign caregiver program are a federal responsibility.

In an interview yesterday, Fonseca said he's consulting with his Manitoba counterparts on adapting their legislation for Ontario.

Colle said he was inspired to take action by the recent Star investigation into rogue agencies charging nannies up to $10,000 in fees for Ontario jobs that don't exist.









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