Canada's Government and Saskatchewan working together to improve the temporary
foreign worker program
The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social
Development, and the Honourable Rob Norris, Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced
Education, Employment and Labour, announced that Canada's Government and the
Government of Saskatchewan are working together on several fronts to make
improvements to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
"Our government is helping employers deal with skilled labour shortages and
making sure that Canadian consumers continue to have access to the goods and
services they need with the help of temporary foreign workers," said Minister
Solberg. "Our work with the Government of Saskatchewan will ensure that foreign
workers continue to enjoy the same rights and protections as Canadian workers."
"Saskatchewan has one of the nation's fastest growing economies right now. To
help ensure we have the workforce necessary to build on that momentum, we're
taking an aggressive approach to immigration," said Minister Norris. "The
changes we are announcing will help to address skills shortages in the
hospitality sector and to ensure the protection of temporary foreign workers,
who play such a vital role in this and other industries. We're pleased to work
with the federal government and our industry partners on meeting Saskatchewan's
growing labour market needs."
Improvements to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program include
strengthening protections for temporary foreign workers and improving outreach
and communications with both employers and temporary foreign workers.
"I am pleased that both governments are developing new and improved
publications in several different languages, some of which are already available
at local Service Canada Centres and online. We are also working together on
outreach activities to ensure that not only workers know their rights but also
that employers know their responsibilities when hiring a foreign worker in
Saskatchewan and across Canada,"” concluded Minister Solberg.
The federal and provincial governments will support the protection of
temporary foreign workers by providing them with information on labour
standards, occupational health and safety and work-related rights and
responsibilities. Outreach activities will also be directed at employers to help
ensure they understand their responsibilities and to build understanding around
the process for hiring temporary foreign workers.
Saskatchewan is the fourth province to join the federal government's efforts
to facilitate information sharing on these important labour issues. The
Government has already entered into similar negotiations with Manitoba, British
Columbia and Alberta.
The Government of Saskatchewan has initiated a project under the Saskatchewan
Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) to enable temporary foreign workers in the
hospitality sector to apply for nomination. The project will expand eligibility
beyond professional occupations and skilled trades to include hotel housekeeping
staff and food and beverage servers working in Saskatchewan on temporary work