Jan
22
2021

Feedback wanted on Temporary Foreign Worker Act

Government invites the public to have their say on a proposed Temporary Foreign Worker Act.

The Temporary Foreign Worker Program is a federal program that allows employers to hire foreign workers to fill temporary jobs when qualified Canadians are not available. 

“Temporary foreign workers play a very important role in helping address the labour shortage in Prince Edward Island. It’s our responsibility as Government and Islanders to ensure temporary foreign workers are safe and have a positive work experience as they contribute to the success of our province.”

- Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Minister Matthew MacKay

The new provincial act would provide additional protection for foreign workers in PEI through the following:

  • require recruiters of temporary foreign workers to be licensed;
  • require employers to be registered;
  • establish criteria for issuing, refusing, suspending or cancelling a license or registration;
  • impose penalties for recruiters and employers who violate legislation;
  • allow government to recover and return to workers, any fees charged illegally by recruiters;
  • create two registries; one for foreign worker recruiters and one for employers; and
  • require recruiters and employers to provide temporary foreign workers with written contracts and information about their employment rights.
To view a draft of the proposed act and submit feedback, visit: Proposed Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act.  

The deadline to submit feedback is Friday, February 12.

Media contact:
Hillary MacDonald
Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
902-394-6368
hpsmacdonald@gov.pe.ca

General Inquiries

Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
3rd Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-5540
Fax: 902-894-0342

tpswitch@gov.pe.ca