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Maple Leaf Foods (T.MFI) looks to replace temporary foreign workers with Syrian refugees

January 14, 2016

By Canadian Press |

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI, Forum) has announced it will offer vacant jobs to Syrian refugees at its meat plants.

“We would be very pleased and honoured to be part of the solution in terms of helping find employment for the Syrian refugees,” Rory McAlpine, Senior VP at Maple Leaf told the Canadian Press. “We have jobs available.”

McAlpine says Maple Leaf has 25 positions available in Brandon, Manitoba and 10 in Lethbridge, Alberta.

“We already have some Muslims working in our pork plants, even though they do not consume pork. Similarly, Muslims may work in a chicken plant even if it is not producing halal chicken,” he said.

Federal Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk told reporters, “We want to help refugees engage in the local workplace, […] under the refugee program we are working with immigration to ensure that some of those people are going to be placed in a community like Brandon.”

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