Employment Minister Jason Kenney says there are no job postings languishing on the federal government’s online job bank that are older than six months — even though the site is strewn with ads that are almost a year old or older.
“The typical maximum posting period is 30 days,” Kenney said this week in the House of Commons. “We only extend it beyond that if employers ask for an extension for up to six months maximum, after which the postings expire.”
While the jobs themselves have certainly expired, the postings remain on the job bank, counted as part of the total number of openings currently being advertised on the site.
Kenney often cites the tens of thousands of jobs posted on the job bank — more than 113,000 on Tuesday — and the seven million hits it receives each month as evidence of its rousing success.
The job bank also plays a critical role in Canada’s embattled temporary foreign workers program. The rules require would-be employers to post ads seeking Canadian workers for four weeks before they apply to hire temporary foreign workers.
What’s more, the government relies in part on job bank data to determine what regions of the country are clamouring for labour. It also uses the job bank to point employment insurance recipients to openings.
But across Canada, there are postings on the site for jobs in dozens of communities that have long since been filled. They include ads for food servers, pipeline engineers, auto mechanics and retail sales clerks, many of them posted on the job bank by private sector job-listing companies like Workopolis.
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