B.C. immigrant workers found in squalid conditions

B.C. immigrant workers found in squalid conditions

The B.C. government has terminated a contract with a Surrey forestry company after 25 workers — many of them immigrants from Congo — were found living in substandard conditions near Golden in late July.

Forest Ministry communications director Robert Pauliszyn said Monday Khaira Enterprises Ltd. will be banned from bidding on other contracts in the region for a year.

Most of the 25 workers had travelled from Eastern Canada for jobs clearing brush near Golden. They were living in a bush camp and complained of a lack of food and inadequate facilities, a church worker in Golden told The Vancouver Sun.

And the workers told government officials they were not fully paid and on the job seven days a week.

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