Consultations on New Legislation to Protect Immigrants and Foreign Workers
Our government is proposing new legislation to protect immigrant applicants and foreign workers during the recruitment and immigration process. Many foreign nationals are at risk of exploitation or mistreatment. Once immigrants become Saskatchewan residents, existing Saskatchewan laws protect them in the same way all other Saskatchewan residents are protected.
The proposed legislation is intended to support the role of recruiters and immigration consultants in bringing foreign nationals to Saskatchewan, while creating transparency and accountability in their business services. Employers will benefit from the legislation, by providing them with access to immigration consultants and recruiters who are acting in an ethical and legal manner.
In spring of 2011, our ministry facilitated consultations on proposed legislative provisions in four communities with immigrants, immigration consultants/lawyers, foreign worker recruiters, settlement service providers, ethno-cultural organizations and employers who strongly supported the development of new legislation to protect foreign workers. The 2011 discussion paper is available below.
Our ministry has developed additional legislative provisions based on feedback from the 2011 consultations and online survey, and further research into legislative models developed by other provinces. The proposed provisions are based on these key principles:
Consultations in 2012
We are holding further consultations with stakeholders and the public to gather more input on the proposed legislation.
The public survey has now closed. Thank you to all who participated in providing input.
A full report on all findings will be compiled and released following this series of consultations.
If you have questions or need more information, please call 306.787.6133 (in Regina) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and ask to speak to a member of the Immigrant and Foreign Worker Protection Legislation Team.
Information about the federal government's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
Our Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) can provide an alternate and quicker means of entry into Canada. Through SINP, our Ministry facilitates the nomination of applicants to the federal government for landed immigrant status, based on criteria established by the province.