On a hot August afternoon, about 200 workers at a Canadian IT company are standing in line to get their first job in a new technology sector that’s been booming in recent years.
They’re not looking for jobs.
They want to work for one of the biggest IT companies in the country, and they’re hoping to get more than $3,500 a month.
The work is mostly in the private sector and mostly done by people from abroad.
And they’re not paid a living wage.
“This is my second year in Canada, and I haven’t had any job in five years,” said one of those people, a Canadian who asked not to be identified.
“My first job was in the military, and my first pay was $40 a week.
I’m a Canadian citizen and I’ve got a Canadian passport.”
“I’m not looking to start an IT business here.
I just want to go to work.”
In recent years, Canada has become a major technology hub.
More than half of the jobs created in Canada are in IT, according to Statistics Canada.
But it’s also a hotbed of international competition.
In 2014, for example, the number of Canadian jobs in IT jumped nearly 50 per cent to 2,716, with the number in the US and Germany growing by almost 10 per cent each.
A number of companies have moved their operations out of Canada in recent months, hoping to better compete in an increasingly global economy.
And some have seen an opportunity to recruit international talent.
Companies like Facebook, for instance, are now investing in their Canadian operations.
And Canadian technology companies are finding ways to get in on the action.
In the past year, the country has attracted an influx of tech workers, especially from the US, from a number of industries.
There are a number, for the most part, who have been lured to Canada to pursue jobs in the technology sector.
Some of them are still on the job, and others have moved on to higher paying work elsewhere.
Some employers, including a number that are not named, are even looking to hire overseas workers.
In addition, the Canadian government has been cracking down on IT companies that aren’t paying their workers a living or basic wage.
In January, Canada passed a law that requires foreign companies to provide their employees with paid vacation and sick leave.
The new rules have prompted some companies to seek out temporary foreign workers in Canada.
In June, Google announced it was hiring two foreign workers to help with its IT operations in Canada and the US.
And in January, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an initiative to increase the number who are eligible to get citizenship in Canada each year.
But some of the companies that are looking to expand in Canada aren’t willing to put much money into training their workers in the Canadian tech sector.
“It’s a little bit like hiring someone for a job, but you don’t pay them anything,” said Mike Ducharme, president of Duchars IT Solutions in Toronto.
“The whole point of having a skilled workforce is to be able to compete globally and attract skilled workers.
That’s not necessarily going to happen if you’re only hiring one or two people.”
A Canadian worker who works for a software company in the UK at the time of writing was offered $2,700 to work in Canada for the next two years.
It wasn’t paid a livable wage, but Duchares work included six days off a week, eight hours a day, and the opportunity to take advantage of vacation.
He had been looking for a new opportunity since leaving his home country of Portugal.
He said he hoped to help a local company with its Canadian operations, but said he could see the benefits in a company that’s able to hire the most skilled people possible.
Duchare said it was hard to tell whether the company would keep hiring the Canadian workers because it would be hard to convince the companies to pay their salaries.
“You’re really looking at people coming in from outside the country that you’re really trying to build a business,” he said.
“If you can’t do that, you’re basically saying, ‘We don’t want you here.'”
The government has said it wants to see more Canadian companies employing more of their people in the tech sector and making it easier for workers to come to Canada.
There have been reports that companies are moving their operations overseas to try to avoid paying their employees living wages.
“Canada is not in the position it was when we first got here and there are a lot of things that we can do to make it better,” said Erin Campbell, director of communications for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a non-profit that promotes labour and environmental rights.
“One of the things we have to do is look at our immigration policy, our foreign investment policy and our trade policies, because if we can’t manage that, we’re going to get really, really badly hurt.”
Some of the reasons why employers might choose to move operations abroad: The cost of