Mr. Paul E. Cote (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour):
1 wish to thank the hon. member for having given notice of his question. In answer I wish to state that the Department of Labour, and the immigration branch of the Department of Mines and Resources, have already taken every precaution to protect Canadian tradesmen and other workers from being displaced by immigrants. In the case of workers who are related to people already in Canada, the Canadian relative is required to sponsor the immigrant, to provide housing, and to undertake that he or she will not become a public charge and, if he or she is a worker, that employment is available.
In the case of persons brought in under the group labour plan, it is first of all ascertained that there are no local people available to fill the vacancies, and the employer who applies is required to guarantee at least twelve months' continuous employment.
All applications are reviewed by an interdepartmental committee on which there is a
Inquiries of the Ministry representative of the national employment service, and if there are people in Canada already available the application is not approved. No workers have been brought to Canada since November 1, 1948, other than those sponsored by persons already in Canada, and who have a relationship with them; and a number of girls for domestic service. Of course, workers' dependents have been coming forward.
The Department of Labour is watching the situation closely, and reports from the national employment offices have in no way indicated that new arrivals are displacing persons already in Canada.