N.S. Pilot Project Could Aid Processing Worker Shortages
A pilot project between Ottawa and Nova Scotia could be a solution to the growing problem of a diminishing work force in the fishing industry.
Fish plants and harvesters are finding it hard to find workers as the outflow of young people from the area to Ontario or the Prairie provinces continues and the former Harper government had severely curtailed the ability of the industry to bring in migrant workers to fill these positions.
The problem is so acute that some processing plants could ...
Significant Change to Temporary Foreign Worker Legislation
Above photo: Egmont MP Bobby Morrissey poses with a group of temporary foreign workers following a meeting in which they told him about many of the challenges they face.
Worker Advocates and Fishing Industry on P.E.I. Applaud End of Four-in, Four-out Restriction
In 2013, a group of Filipino women working on Prince Edward Island as part of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program wrote a letter to then Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander.
The women were rapidly ...
Foreign Workers Rules Relaxed: Catamaran Ferry Wrong Boat for N.S. Fishery
A policy which was crippling Atlantic fish plants will see changes which will be to the industry’s benefit.
Ottawa announced recently that it was moving ahead with exemptions to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program which would allow employers such as a fish plant operator to bring in an unlimited number of temporary foreign workers, provided the work period is shorter than 180 days.
The Harper government literally killed a number of fishing enterprises when it limited the number of ...
A Call to Action: P.E.I. Groups Join National Call to Improve Rights for Temporary Foreign Workers
The thought of being legally tied to an employer is borderline laughable for the average Canadian.
Citizens and residents of Canada are free to quit and take jobs as easily as switching hats — if they can get them.
But not everyone living in our society is so fortunate.
People working in this country under the federal temporary foreign worker program, and its various sub-programs, are largely tied to the employer to whom they are hired and approved to work for under the program. If, ...
Coalition Formed to Fight Ottawa on Temporary Foreign Workers’ Dispute
A winter which didn’t seem to want to end created all sorts of problems for the lobster fishery in northern Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and parts of New Brunswick.
The opening of the fishery in these parts was delayed almost two weeks due to persistent ice conditions, brought on by strong northeasterly winds.
The first week to 10 days of the season are usually crucial to the success of this fishery due to the high quality of the product.
When the fishery finally opened, market ...