The Toronto Police Services (TPS) announced that they have arrested two women in a fraud scheme where they collected illegal recruitment fees from people wanting to come to work in Canada.
CANFIL CLEANING AND CAREGIVER SERVICES
The two women, Judith Ga and Myrna Valencia, collected recruitment fees from foreign workers, promising them jobs that would allow them to apply for Permanent Residency in Canada.
Their company was called CANFIL Cleaning and Caregiver Services.
The women are alleged to take advantage of the foreign workers’ lack of knowledge of the Canadian immigration system to charge recruitment fees for non-existent jobs.
They are charged with collecting over CAD$120,000 (over PHP4.6 million) from their victims.
EXPLOITING LOOPHOLES IN CANADA’S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
The women are also alleged to have encourage foreign workers to apply as International Students and Caregivers, but when they arrive in Canada, the jobs promised were non existent.
Illegal recruitment continues to be rampant across Canada, as the industry lacks any regulatory framework to monitor the activities of third party representatives (also known as recruitment agencies).
Illegal recruitment is not a criminal offence in Canada, but fraud is.
NO GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT FOR IMMIGRATION CONSULTANTS
Third party representatives, such as immigration consultants, do not require any licensing.
Disputes are normally coursed through Small Claims Court, which requires the victims to be physically in Canada.
Immigration consultants use loopholes in the Canadian immigration system to make money, charging foreign workers recruitment fees amounting to thousands of dollars which Canadian employers are supposed to shoulder.
Illegal recruitment in Canada remains rampant, with third part representatives finding creative ways to collect money from both the Canadian employers and foreign workers.
CANADIAN EMPLOYERS AND FOREIGN WORKERS BOTH HAVE TO MEET MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Canadian employers and foreign workers both have to meet the minimum requirements of the Government of Canada in order to enter an employment agreement.
Canadian employers must demonstrate that they have the need and the capacity to hire a foreign worker, while foreign workers must meet both the minimum requirements for the job as well as the minimum requirements for the work visa application.
TORONTO POLICE ENCOURAGE VICTIMS TO COME FORWARD
TPS announced that both women face a total of 15 counts of fraud over $5,000 and 6 counts of fraud under $5,000.
TPS are concerned that there may be more victims, and encouraged them to come forward.
Anyone with information about CANFIL is asked to contact TPS at 416-808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Both women are scheduled to appear in court on June 20, 2019.
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