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Phone: (902) 894-4573

At Cooper Institute any donation is very much appreciated. Donated funds will be used to make Prince Edward Island a better place for everyone.

The Reverend Vincent Murnaghan Memorial Scholarship

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. We have organized several workshops and forums (reports below), and also facilitated the formation of the PEI Action Team on Migrant Workers' Rights in 2016.

You can keep up to date by visiting the facebook page for the PEI Action Team for Migrant Workers' Rights here.

Rights, Faith and Policy 2017

In March, 2017 Cooper Institute and the PEI Action Team for Migrant Workers' Rights organized a one-day forum on rights, faith and policy. Read the entire report here: Rights, Faith and Policy Forum Report

Equal in Dignity, Equal in Rights 2016

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.

Our Supporters

Our projects would not be possible without the significant support of Cooper Foundation, the Campbell Webster Foundation, the PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, the Latin American Mission Fund (LAMP), the City of Charlottetown, PEI Women for Environmental Sustainability, KAIROS, United Food and Commercial Workers, Canadian Union of Public Employess (PEI), LUSH, and the Campbell Webster Foundation

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
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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. Find out more at http://www.ocasi.org/.

 March 2015:

Leadership and Advocacy: a Toolkit for Migrant Workers

Canada's Two-Tier Remittance Economy - by Josie Baker and Katie Mazer

July 2014:

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program: A Guide for Migrant Workers on PEI

Other Documents

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:
2012 Employers
2013 Employers
2014 Employers