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If you're coming to Saskatchewan through provincial or federal immigration programs either for a temporary visit or permanently, you're protected by The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act (FWRISA).
The Act protects:
Immigrants to Canada also have legal protection under Canadian federal legislation.
In addition, all employers, immigration consultants and recruiters have responsibilities to the immigrants and foreign workers who use their services. Learn about these responsibilities in the sections below.
The Government of Saskatchewan introduced The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act (FWRISA), on October 11, 2013. The Act protects immigrants and foreign workers from being treated wrongly or abused during the immigration and recruitment process. Immigrants, employers, recruiters and immigration consultants will benefit from this legislation and a more transparent and fair business environment.
FWRISA provides comprehensive protection immigrants who often do not know about Canadian laws and culture or may have limited language ability.
As an employer, you are responsible for:
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:
Employers who violate FWRISA can:
FWRISA helps ensure immigration consultants and recruiters conduct business in an ethical manner. These representatives must be licensed under FWRISA before they can practice in Saskatchewan.
Exemption: Lawyers who are in good standing in a provincial or territorial law society in Canada don't need to be licensed or members of the ICCRC. However, lawyers who are recruiting foreign workers do need to be licensed as recruiters.
Throughout the immigration or recruitment process, immigration consultants and recruiters cannot:
In addition, your immigration consultant must sign a contract with you. This contract must:
Once you enter Canada and are working in Saskatchewan, you will have the same protection other employees receive under provincial labour laws such as The Saskatchewan Employment Act.
Learn more about selecting an immigration consultant or recruiter, how to avoid fraud and other unethical practices on the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Contact the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Protection Unit if you:
The Foreign Worker Recruitment and Protection Unit works to protect immigrants and foreign workers in Saskatchewan.
You do not need permission to contact the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Protection Unit and all your information will be kept confidential. They may also refer you to another agency that may be able to address your concerns better.
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