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    This is our Community a Celebration of Cultures

    Community Connections is pleased to invite you to our 4th annual event "This is our Community a Celebration of Cultures".  This event will be held on March 15, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Glencairn Neighborhood Centre - 2626 Dewdney Ave. East

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  • September 14, 2012

    Special Olympic Truck Convoy & Truck Pull

    A TRUCK CONVOY of close to 70 trucks with large trailers left Saskatoon in the morning and arrived in Regina at the Turvey Centre at 1pm.

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  • September 8, 2012

    Canadian Paraplegic Association Relay

    I was honoured to attend and bring greetings to this fun event

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  • Chinese Freemasons of Regina

    We were pleased to attend their 4th Anniversary Banquet and Celebration

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  • June 23, 2012

    Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration

    I had the honor of attending the Opening Ceremonies of the National Aboriginal Day Live & Celebrations.

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  • K+S Potash Legacy Mine Ground Breaking Ceremony

    K+S Legacy Project near Bethune, Saskatchewan

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  • Feed the Kids Night

    At North Central Family Centre.

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OCTOBER 11, 2013

SASKATCHEWAN PROCLAIMS ACT FOR FAIR TREATMENT AND PROTECTION OF FOREIGN WORKERS

The Saskatchewan Government proclaimed The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act and regulations today.  The new legislation will protect immigrants and foreign workers from exploitation and mistreatment while they are in the process of immigrating to the province or are being recruited to work.

“The legislation proclaimed today will ensure fair treatment of foreign workers coming to Saskatchewan,” Minister responsible for Immigration Bill Boyd said.  “This Act is one of the most comprehensive and progressive pieces of legislation in Canada to protect foreign nationals.  It will protect newcomers to the province who may be vulnerable to exploitation because of their language ability or lack of knowledge about law or culture.”

Almost 48,000 immigrants have arrived in the province since 2007, with more than 11,000 new immigrants arriving in 2012.  Immigration to Saskatchewan has increased as the economy has grown, and subsequently, employers have an increased need for workers.

“Saskatchewan has a growing need for skilled workers,” Boyd said.  “By making sure workers will be fairly treated and protected, we will be able to attract those skilled workers and meet pressures in our labour market.” 

The Program Integrity Unit within the Ministry of the Economy has received a total of 353 case files for the period of August 2008 to September 2013.  Many of these cases are related to issues regarding the legal rights and responsibilities of foreign workers and employers.  About 30 per cent of the cases were not covered by existing federal or provincial legislation.

The new legislation will:

  • Require immigration recruiters and immigration consultants to be licensed and sign open and transparent contracts with employers and foreign nationals;
  • Require employers to be registered;
  • Prohibit employers from charging or recovering recruitment fees from foreign nationals;
  • Prohibit unethical conduct against foreign nationals, such as withholding documents or other property, threatening deportation or providing misleading information;
  • Allow foreign workers and immigrants to seek compensation if they incur costs that are considered illegal under the Act; and
  • Allow fines to be levied of up to $50,000 for an individual and $100,000 for a corporation and up to one year imprisonment for those violating the Act.

Six other Canadian provincial jurisdictions have some form of regulation of foreign worker recruiters, immigration consultants or employers of foreign workers.

All stakeholders will benefit from Saskatchewan being an attractive destination for immigrants.  Employers will benefit from the legislation, as it will give them assurance that the recruiters they use to find foreign workers are acting ethically and legally.

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For more information, contact:

Deb Young
Economy
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4765
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 

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