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    :: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 ::

    Under the radar - By LINDA LEATHERDALE, Edmonton Sun, Canada
    Borkas says it's not just the construction industry and machine shops hiring illegal immigrants. Restaurants, tourist operations and even farms -- and, in good faith, most of these workers are paying income tax.

    "In Canada, you can pay income taxes even if you're an illegal alien," he said.

    The bottom line is Canada needs skilled labourers during this acute skilled-labour shortage that is only going to get worse as Canada's baby boomers age and retire, warn the experts.

    The Conference Board of Canada predicts one million skilled job vacancies in the next 20 years, while the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says there are now 265,000 vacancies for skilled workers in this country -- and 70% of these jobs have sat vacant for more than four months. Also, 91% of the labour shortages are in the non-professional category.
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