A dangerous scheme is steering newcomers into Canadian trucking jobs—and putting lives at risk.

Mahan Singh, who comes from Amritsar, in northwestern India, had never experienced ice or snow. He’d never considered being a truck driver, either, but Canadian immigration consultants told him that getting experience in trucking could help him qualify for permanent residency. So, a year ago, he got a license and found a company to work for in
Surrey, B.C.

His new employer had sent the 26-year-old rookie driver out to navigate a semi-trailer through treacherous mountain passes. “There was no training,” says Mr. Singh, who had been in Canada as a visitor for just a few months when he got his first job here under a temporary work permit. “I was scared. I didn’t have any idea it would be like this.” He remembers feeling terrified he would lose control on an icy highway and kill someone.

An investigation, spearheaded by reports in the Toronto Globe & Mail, is underway.

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