Construction industry workers can get a break in Canada by moving to another country.
The government of Canada said Friday it’s introducing legislation that will allow workers to move overseas to take advantage of new, temporary construction jobs.
The change in legislation will apply to new construction jobs as well as some existing jobs.
The legislation also gives workers the right to seek work in their country of residence and allows them to use their temporary residence status to claim their full provincial and territorial benefits.
In 2016, the Conservative government announced that all construction workers would have the option to go overseas and work for less money.
The move has not gone down well with the construction industry.
It’s been a huge blow to our industry, said Joe Gough, president of the Canadian Construction Association.
“It’s a loss of thousands of jobs,” he said.
“There’s a lot of money that has to be paid. “
They’re just not paying the taxes that they’re supposed to be paying,” he added.
“There’s a lot of money that has to be paid.
We’re looking at billions of dollars of losses.”
In 2016 alone, the construction sector lost $5.7 billion in the construction and other construction services sector, according to the Canadian Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
The union said that loss could increase to $9 billion in 2021 if construction jobs are not reclassified.