As an employer, you are responsible for:
- Registration with the Government of Saskatchewan's Foreign Worker Recruitment and Protection Unit, except:
- When hiring foreign nationals who hold open work permits; or
- When the employer is an agency of a foreign government (e.g., diplomatic posts).
- Paying all costs of hiring foreign workers, including recruiter costs; and
- Making sure the recruiters and immigration consultants you hire are licensed. View current lists of Licensed Immigration Consultants, Licensed Foreign Worker Recruiters, and Suspended Licences on the Immigration Consultant and Foreign Worker Recruiter Licensing and Responsibilities page.
You can recommend an immigration consultant to a foreign worker, but your worker is free to choose their own immigration consultant. They can also choose to complete the immigration process without a consultant.
As an employer, you cannot:
- Give misleading or incorrect information about the job opportunity;
- Take the passport, work permit, or any other legal document or personal property of the foreign worker;
- Threaten to have the foreign worker deported;
- Communicate with the foreign worker's family members, relatives or friends if asked not to; or
- Threaten to take action against a foreign worker for making a complaint or for participating in an investigation by government or law enforcement.
Employers who violate the Act can:
- Have their registration suspended or cancelled. Such employers will not be able to hire additional foreign workers through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program or federal immigration streams.
- Face fines of:
- up to $50,000 for an individual; and
- $100,000 for a company.
- Face up to one year in jail, in extreme cases.