Temporary Foreign Workers Project
Since the fall of 2010 Cooper Institute has been working to build knowledge about the issues surrounding the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program in PEI. As this is a federal program without provincial administration, little was known about the location, demographics, employers, and wellbeing of TFWs in PEI.
In 2012 Cooper Institute released a report of our extensive research on the subject. Changing Hands remains the only comprehensive research to take place into the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in PEI.
Cooper Institute continues to engage in the work of research, national networking, and community engagement and education related to the impacts of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the barriers to human rights faced by the migrant workers themselves.
In April, 2016, we held a very successful forum on migrant worker rights - Equal in Rights, Equal in Dignity. You can read the whole report here.
This project would not be possible without the significant support of Cooper Foundation, the Campbell Webster Foundation, the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, the Latin American Mission Fund, The City of Charlottetown, and Women for Environmental Sustainability.
Guide For Migrant Workers: Living and Working in PEI
Is this Guide for you?
This guide is only for people in the low skilled streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in PEI. There are some different regulations for workers in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP), caregiver, and agricultural streams of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. This guide covers some of the key issues that affect migrant workers. It explains the laws, but it is not legal advice. We recommend that you get more information and help for your own situation. You can do this by contacting the organizations listed in the resource section of the document.
This Guide was last updated in February 2017, when information about the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project was added to Section 1.
You can download the Full Document Here
Or download the section you want:
- Section 1 - Status, Work Permits, and Immigration
- Section 2 - Work Conditions and Benefits
- Section 3 - Workplace Health and Safety
- Section 4 - Knowing Your Rights
- Section 5 - Health
- Section 6 - Everyday Life
- Sections 7 - Resources
Cooper Institute thanks the Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island for support. This guide was made possible through the generous support of the Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island. While financially supported by the Law Foundation of Prince Edward Island, the findings of this research do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
Special credit is due to the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) whose comprehensive migrant worker guides have served as inspiration for this one.
Leadership and Advocacy: a Toolkit for Migrant Workers
Canada's Two-Tier Remittance Economy - by Josie Baker and Katie Mazer
Research Results, Finalized 2012:
Changing Hands: Temporary Foreign Workers in Prince Edward Island
Resources for Migrant Workers and Community Members:
A Guide for Helping Temporary Foreign Workers
Services for Temporary Foreign Workers
Services for Temporary Foreign Workers - Mandarin
Services for Temporary Foreign Workers - Spanish
Access to Information Requests:
Earlier access to information requests can be found in the appendix of the 2012 Changing Hands Report.
Subsequent Access to Information Requests are posted here: