Support and Services for Temporary Foreign Workers

PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada has a settlement worker who assists temporary foreign workers (TFWs) and their employers with various issues surrounding settlement, work permits and immigration matters.

Services for Temporary Foreign Workers

  • Completion of a PEIANC intake and initial needs assessment
  • Assistance with application for a PEI health card
  • Referral to, or advice on, tax benefit programs and other Canada Revenue Agency matters
  • Referral to other PEIANC programs such as employment assistance, youth settlement services, and community engagement activities
  • Assistance with translation services for driver's licenses and other documents, and interpretation services where necessary
  • Advice on the process of obtaining a new work permit or extensions via information and instruction form the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website
  • Information on online practice materials for English language, referral for language tutors through PEIANC's English-as-an-Additional-Language Tutor Program, and information on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Information on TFW and other employment rights and laws, and other services as needed

Services for Employers

The settlement worker will meet with employers and workers individually or in group settings to answer questions and relay pertinent workplace information. PEIANC will arrange interpreters for employers as needed to ensure TFWs with language barriers are fully aware of health and safety regulations and workplace duties. The Settlement Worker will provide an overview of the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process and direct employers to the IRCC and Service Canada websites for more detailed information and specific application steps.

Cooper Institute: Temporary Foreign Workers Project

Cooper Institute, a PEI development centre for popular education and research, has been working for several years on building knowledge about the issues surrounding the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in PEI. To learn more about their research and findings, and public education workshops and forums, visit the Cooper Institute website.