Recruiters charging foreign workers in Ontario illegal fees as high as $12,000 for jobs that might not exist, report finds

By Rachel Browne, Financial Post, 10 April 2014

Recruiters are charging fees as high as $12,000 for jobs that might not exist and seizing workers’ passports, the report, published Tuesday by the Metcalf Foundation, says.

Such practices persist among live-in caregivers, who are theoretically protected against these practices by Ontario law, as well as migrant workers, who aren’t protected, in other “lower skill” industries such as agriculture, food processing, and cleaning.